Business Systems Analyst Salary

An average Business Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K annually. Final cash compensation to Business Systems Analysts varies from around $47K to approximately $101K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $11K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Business Systems Analysts. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,484 - $93,962
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$46K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,486
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$18.44 - $60.00
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$18
$32
$60
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,484 - $93,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,889  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $11,202  
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Total Pay (?
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$46,729 - $101,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,369
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$24.38 - $66.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,889  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $11,202  
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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$46,729 - $101,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Business Systems Analysts move into roles as IT Senior Project Managers, where pay is an average $111K per year. It is quite typical for Business Systems Analysts to transition into roles as Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $17K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Business Systems Analysts include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, Dell, Inc., and Caci International Inc. For Business Systems Analysts, comfortable salaries can be found at Navy Federal Credit Union; in fact, average earnings are around $81K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($55K versus $130K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) at $78K, Boston Scientific Corporation at $76K, and Nike, Inc., where Business Systems Analysts annually earn $72K.

Bringing up the rear, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.'s median pay of $51K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $70K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Mckesson Health Solutions at $52K, and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. where $55K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Business Systems Analysts there earn up to $71K.

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Survey results imply that Business Systems Analysts deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Most people who know Business Analysis also know Data Analysis and Project Management. Most people familiar with Requirements Analysis also know Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Systems Analyst

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


For Business Systems Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. Business Systems Analysts see a median salary of $82K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Business Systems Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Business Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+18 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis (16 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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 722 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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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