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Business Systems Analyst Salary

An average Business Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K per year. Cash earnings for Business Systems Analysts — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $45K to $100K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but experience level and geography are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Business Systems Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Business Systems Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$44,821 - $92,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,912  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $8,243  
Commission
$983 - $20,347  
Total Pay (?
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$44,826 - $99,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,383
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$17.36 - $58.08  
   
Overtime
$23.05 - $64.26  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,912  
   
Commission
$983 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $8,243  
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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$44,826 - $99,667  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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 $110K per year. Business Systems Analysts moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $18K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

Business Systems Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


Business Systems Analysts fill the offices of leading firms J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, Caci International Inc, and Dell, Inc. Business Systems Analysts flock to Xerox Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $84K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Navy Federal Credit Union at $81K, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) at $78K, and Boston Scientific Corporation, where Business Systems Analysts annually earn $76K.

Other low-paying employers include The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. at $55K and American Express Co. (AMEX) at $57K, though some Business Systems Analysts there earn up to $75K.

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Business Systems Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Microsoft Visio, Business Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and Microsoft Access. Most people familiar with Business Analysis also know Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Systems Analyst

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For Business Systems Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $81K in this role. Business Systems Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Business Systems Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Business Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+21 percent), New York (+16 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+12 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 8 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




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$67,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 885 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
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%