How much does the average forex trader make?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by angelnish, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Hello everyone,

    I was just wondering how much the average full-time forex trader makes. You can express this amount either as a percent return on their investment, or a dollar amount. I realize that there is likely swings in their return, but I just mean on average over the course of the year.

    What kind of initial deposit is required to successfully trade full-time and make a decent living at it?

    Finally, is there a large difference in return between day-traders and swing-traders?

    The reason I ask is because I will be done college at the end of this month, and I would really prefer to trade forex full-time rather than get a regular office job if it is at all feasible. I've been trading forex in a demo account for over 2 months now and I've had relatively good results. I started with a $10,000 balance and some days I can be up $1,000 or more... of course I got a margin call and went broke once, but I've learned from my mistakes. I plan on spending at least the summer honing my forex skills, but I was hoping I could make this a viable alternative to the average mind-numbing desk job some day.

    Thanks for the input!
  2. I guess minus something, if with average you mean median or mode.

    If you mean the "mean" then probably a lot.
  3. TraDaToR


    I guess the average professional forex trader must be losing about 25K per year.