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

Computer Software Business Analysts in the United States usually make around $62,894 per year. The top of the range reaches $94,926 per year, and the bottom approaches $43,815. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $9,267 for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $43,815 and hits $94,926 on the high end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority receive medical and dental insurance and around two-thirds get vision plans. Men make up a slight majority of Computer Software Business Analysts (59 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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 (?
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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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While not commonly found, Computer Software Business Analysts who move on to become Senior IT Project Managers bring in an additional $47K annually. The most common next step for Computer Software Business Analysts is moving 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)

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their 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 pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic (VB). For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Project Management.

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

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Though Computer Software Business Analysts can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Salaries start at $56K, which grows to $68K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $77K. After 20 years in the field, Computer Software Business Analysts see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $79K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-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 6 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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$63,000
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Minneapolis
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For Computer Software Business Analysts, Washington provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Computer Software Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+7 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Omaha is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Minneapolis and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -5 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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

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$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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$63,000
Microsoft Word
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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%