More than 80 percent of financial planners who hold the CFP certification have a high level of career satisfaction, though the profession's 2005 reported median earnings of $232,995 revealed a noticeable drop-off from the previous year.

According to a new survey from the College for Financial Planning, "2006 Survey of Trends in the Financial Planning Industry," t he reported median gross amount of planner earnings was $277,800 in 2005, $219,000 in 2004, $140,000 in 2003 and $200,000 in 2002. More than 400 financial planners participated in the survey.

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