Business Continuity Manager Salary

Pay for Business Continuity Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $90K annually. Cash earnings for Business Continuity Managers — including $16K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $130K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Business Continuity Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Business Continuity Managers (62 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,208 - $119,840
MEDIAN: $90,231

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National Salary Data (?
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$50,208 - $119,840  
$2,000 - $16,371  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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).
$50,951 - $129,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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Job Description for Business Continuity Manager

A business continuity manager is the person who is responsible for the development and management of a business process before, during, and after a disaster. This is a position which will generally work in an office, though some travel can often be required. While this position will typically keep traditional office hours, extended work hours may be required depending on the organization and the position. This person will work with a team of employees, and the position is supervisory in nature. A business continuity manager should minimally attain a bachelor's degree in a field relating to business, and many organizations require several years of experience within disaster recovery.


Business Continuity Manager Tasks

  • Test and evaluate software and vendors for security and redundancy of services and data.
  • Respond to emergencies and data losses, mitigate incidents, and plan to avoid them in the future.
  • Develop, implement, and test disaster recovery policies and plans.
  • Review and analyze business impacts for each financial group, tracking status, and risks.

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Survey takers who work as Business Continuity Managers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Disaster Recovery, Project Management, and Emergency Response can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Emergency Response. Aptitude in Disaster Recovery tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Business Continuity Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $68K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $112K.

Business Continuity Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Business Continuity Manager in Atlanta:
"Be Passionate."
The business continuity field involves a lot of planning and testing. You have to be passionate about it as it can sometimes get "boring". The rewards come when there is an event that disrupts your companies business, but because of the work you've done in planning, training and testing, all of your employees are safe, your customers continue to be served, and your share-holders are satisfied.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


38 %
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 7%