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Firm Reps ▼$100K-$499K reps$500K+ repsAvg. annual payoutEmployeesCFPs
1Lincoln Financial Network8,8850007360
2Cambridge Investment Research Inc.3,7381,290279$244,238712763
3Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc.3,30700000
4Voya Financial Advisors Inc.2,724778134$160,108303293
5Cetera Advisor Networks2,66500$184,4852850
6Securities America Inc.2,209832230$207,177587646
7Signator Investors Inc.2,152733141$111,642160521
8Commonwealth Financial Network2,092949630$461,217803728
9Principal Securities, Inc. (fka Princor Financial Services Corp.)2,06831220$121,0562430
10Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors1,906855217$150,672537271
11Royal Alliance Associates Inc.1,795627204$244,5542140
12SagePoint Financial Inc.1,439580110$185,3961800
13National Planning Corporation (NPC) 1,326518160$245,0001960
14INVEST Financial Corp.1,27845595$193,0001720
15FSC Securities Corp.1,170407119$226,7931370
16Woodbury Financial Services1,14756586$198,8441620
17Lincoln Investment Planning, LLC1,12629396$225,296310189
18ProEquities Inc.1,09919027$96,2121120
19Hornor Townsend & Kent Inc.1,01412620$75,2145195
20The O.N. Equity Sales Co.8581318$76,82449112
21M Holdings Securities Inc. (M Securities)85616386$259,8794478
22Cadaret, Grant & Co. Inc.83031351$195,969110125
23American Portfolios Financial Services Inc.81134163$223,8229294
24Questar Capital Corp.65127333$152,8008336
25Centaurus Financial Inc.635346145$228,62585240
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