So, I'm graduating from university in a couple weeks (should have graduated in May, though I took the overly indulgent route) and I have the opportunity to join the trading desk at a small investment bank. I'd be assisting the head trader/market maker, and the role is intended to lead to a "senior trader" position. The bottom line: I love trading, not investing; and, based on my past results (outside of my blow-up a couple of years ago), I am confident that I can succeed in the trading arena. Meanwhile, another opportunity as a financial advisor (for a leading firm) has presented itself. The bottom line: I have extensive sales experience with a track record of success, but I don't want to make a career in sales. Now, you're probably thinking, "Well there's your answer," but the discrepancy in pay leaves me wondering. The trading firm is offering $30K + %profits, while the financial advisor role offers a base of $65-80K + commissions -- based on my experience and 7/63 licensing, I was told to expect an offer around $70K. While I really want to go the trading route, the additional income from the advisor job, if saved, can finance a fairly generous personal trading account. I'd appreciate any informed opinions, especially from people with knowledge about the salaries of experienced market makers. In other words, if I pursue the market maker route, and succeed in the role, what can I reasonably expect (salary-wise) 3-5 years from now and most likely at a different firm? Will starting at a small investment bank help me land a trading role at a larger firm in the future? Or is the opposite true?