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

Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62,894 per year. Pay begins at $43,815 on the low end and climbs to $94,926 per year near the top. Cash earnings, including $9,267 each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale, stretch from approximately $43,883 to almost $87,868 depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s making up 59 percent of workers. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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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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 (?
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$43,815 - $94,926  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly seen, Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s who transition into a Senior IT Project Manager position may earn an additional $47K per year. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s typically move into roles as Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts or IT Project Managers, where they can expect an extra $21K or $23K per year.

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

Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic (VB). Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Project Management.

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

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For Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $56K to $68K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s earning an average of $79K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

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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Omaha
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Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 13 percent. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)s will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). In Omaha, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Denver (-8 percent and -5 percent, 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
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Oracle
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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
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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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%
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