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Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Computer Systems Business Analysts in the United States typically comes in around $61K annually. Cash earnings of Computer Systems Business Analysts can occasionally include $9K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $44K to almost $95K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority receive medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Computer Systems Business Analysts making up 59 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for Computer Systems Business Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salary (?
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$43,883 - $87,868
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MEDIAN: $61,304
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$17.50 - $55.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,883 - $87,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,267  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,593  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,815 - $94,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$17.50 - $55.00  
   
Overtime
$24.93 - $69.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,267  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $9,593  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,815 - $94,926  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Job Description for Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

  • Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
  • Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
  • Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
  • Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.

Common Career Paths for Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

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Computer Systems Business Analysts who advance into the role of a IT Senior Project Manager are fairly uncommon. IT Senior Project Managers $110K per year. Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers are common next-step roles for Computer Systems Business Analysts moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Business Analysts is $21K higher on average, and it's $23K higher for Information Technology Project Managers.

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Popular Skills for Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

Survey results imply that Computer Systems Business Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Requirements Analysis, UNIX, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Computer Systems Business Analysts with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $56K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $68K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Computer Systems Business Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $79K. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up between a fifth and a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Houston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$63,000
Portland
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Denver
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Minneapolis
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Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, Computer Systems Business Analysts in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Systems Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Omaha. Employers in Minneapolis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salaries

National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 9%
Oracle
up arrow 3%
Project Management
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SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$63,000
Microsoft Word
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HTML
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 5%
Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%