Business Systems Analyst Salary

Earnings for Business Systems Analysts in the United States come in at around $65K per year on average. Total incomes of Business Systems Analysts incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $47K and $101K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of Business Systems Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,339 - $93,851
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$46K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,388
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$18.27 - $59.81
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,339 - $93,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $12,526  
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
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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$46,542 - $100,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,364
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.27 - $59.81  
   
Overtime
$24.12 - $66.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,904  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $12,526  
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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$46,542 - $100,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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Job Description for Business Systems Analyst

Business systems analysts are responsible for the analysis, adjustment and restructuring of different aspects of a business. It is a business systems analyst's responsibility to ensure that a business’s structure is meeting top output efficiency. Business system analysts work closely with individuals at all levels of employment to see what is and isn't working in the most efficient manner possible. They are responsible for interacting with and addressing employees at all levels in a professional manner while providing constructive criticism that is conducive to the restructuring of current systems. Travel may be required in order to gain a more intimate understanding of current methods of conducting business. Business systems analysts are responsible for identifying and addressing current and future business needs within the realms of currently accessible resources. They are responsible for advising on the allocation of resources in such a way that minimizes waste and maximizes efficient use and profitability. Most work for business systems analysts is done off site and requires little to no physical activity beyond walking, standing, driving and talking. Their positions are ongoing requiring multiple follow ups on completed work and flexible availability for future consultation. Business systems analysts must have a functional understanding of software systems and at least fundamental understanding of software coding. They must be completely proficient in Microsoft Office and have interpersonal communication skills. Business system analysts must be prepared to address any concerns that arise during any restructuring of existing systems and adequately explain advantages and disadvantages to any stem changes made under their supervision.


Business Systems Analyst Tasks

  • Work with clients to determine their business needs to transform them into information technology system requirements.
  • Analyze business processes and write system process specifications to be used.
  • Determine solutions to business software/hardware system problems.

Common Career Paths for Business Systems Analyst


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Business Systems Analysts who advance into the role of an IT Senior Project Manager are fairly uncommon. IT Senior Project Managers on average earn $110K per year. Career advancement for the typical Business Systems Analyst often leads to becoming a Senior Business Analyst or an Information Technology Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $17K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, Dell, Inc., and Caci International Inc are top-notch employers for Business Systems Analysts in this area. Navy Federal Credit Union offers the largest salaries in town ($81K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $55K to $130K. Other big spenders include Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), Boston Scientific Corporation, and Nike, Inc., top-paying firms where Business Systems Analysts see paychecks nearing $78K, $76K, or $72K.

While select Ameriprise Financial, Inc. employees may bring in up to $70K, a median salary of only $51K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Workers at Mckesson Health Solutions, American Express Co. (AMEX), and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $52K, $53K, and $55K respectively.

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Survey results imply that Business Systems Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Microsoft Visio, Business Analysis, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Those familiar with Requirements Analysis tend to be well versed in Project Management and Data Analysis. Most people skilled in Business Analysis are similarly competent in Data Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Systems Analyst

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


Business Systems Analysts with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Business Systems Analysts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 38 percent above the national average. Business Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+19 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Business Systems Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as a Business Systems Analyst?

Business Systems Analyst in Las Vegas:
"Making A Difference."
Pros: Being in a position to not only influence but directly drive positive change is a great positive take away in my time with Vitacost. Being able to outright design solutions (with feedback from stakeholders) and then create technical/functional requirements in which a developer would code directly to is a boon in terms of getting things done.
Cons: Lack of project focus. Inept project manager that only got in the way without providing any intrinsic value. Constant shifting priorities - e.g. Spending a great deal of time focusing on one project; only to find out that a different *brand new* project has suddenly taken precedence. Lack of a consistent direction. Questionable hiring practices and lack of upward mobility and recognition. Efforts and successes are not marketed well enough.

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Experience Affects Business Systems Analyst Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Business Systems Analyst Salaries





Data Analysis
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Oracle
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Project Management
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National Average
$68,000

SQL
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 730 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 10%
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