The fierce competition for quality loans may not be doing much for banks’ margins but it sure is fattening loan officers’ wallets.   According to a survey on bank compensation released Thursday, commercial loan officers’ total annual pay is up 17.3% this year over last, while salaries of other bank employees have climbed just 2.5%. For chief lending officers, total compensation is up 12.1% since 2011 and 25.5% over the past four years, according to a survey released by Crowe Horwath, a Chicago-based accounting and consulting firm.

Tim Reimink, a senior consultant in Crowe’s performance practice, attributes the salary disparity in part to soft loan demand.

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