Business Systems Analyst Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Business Systems Analysts (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $69K. Total cash compensation to Business Systems Analysts approaches anywhere from $48K on the lower end to $103K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Business Systems Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Business Systems Analysts are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,246 - $95,350
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$47K
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MEDIAN: $66,569
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$18.69 - $61.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,246 - $95,350  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $11,011  
Commission
$24,000  
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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$47,512 - $102,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,625
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Hourly Rate
$18.69 - $61.55  
   
Overtime
$24.42 - $71.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,973  
   
Commission
$24,000  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $11,011  
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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$47,512 - $102,659  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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 $111K per year. Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers are common next-step roles for Business Systems Analysts moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Business Analysts is $16K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Information Technology Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Caci International Inc, and Fiserv Inc are all popular places to work. Navy Federal Credit Union pays the most with a median salary of $81K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $55K to a high of $130K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Accenture at $80K, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) at $78K, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), where Business Systems Analysts annually earn $75K.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon and Caci International Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $56K, $59K, and $60K.

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 SQL Server, Microsoft Visio, and Business Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. It is often found that people who know Requirements Analysis are also skilled in Project Management and Data Analysis. Most people experienced in Business Analysis also know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. 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 $89K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,597

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Business Systems Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Business Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (7 percent lower) and Columbus (5 percent lower).

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
$69,000


Skills That Affect Business Systems Analyst Salaries


Business Analysis
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Microsoft Visio
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Project Management
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Oracle
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Data Analysis
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SQL
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National Average
$69,000

Microsoft Word
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 663 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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