Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s investment bank, survivors of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, are prepared to pay record bonuses for this year.

The companies — the three biggest banks to quit the Troubled Asset Relief Program — are to hand out $29.7 billion in bonuses, according to analysts' estimates. This would be up 60% from last year and more than the previous high of $26.8 billion in 2007. The money, split among 119,000 employees, averages $250,400 each, almost five times the $50,303 median household income in the United States last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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