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Business Systems Analyst Salary

Business Systems Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $65K annually. In the world of Business Systems Analysts, overall income ranges from $46K near the bottom to $101K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$46,185 - $94,084
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$46K
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$94K
MEDIAN: $65,255
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$18.04 - $59.21
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,185 - $94,084  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,941  
Profit Sharing
$519 - $12,000  
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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$46,365 - $100,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,376
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $59.21  
   
Overtime
$23.93 - $66.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,941  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$519 - $12,000  
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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$46,365 - $100,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379

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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 not the most common occurrence, Business Systems Analysts sometimes become IT Senior Project Managers, where the average income is $110K per year. When Business Systems Analysts are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $18K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


Many Business Systems Analysts can be found at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, Dell, Inc., and Caci International Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of Navy Federal Credit Union can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $81K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $55K to $130K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) at $78K, Boston Scientific Corporation at $76K, and Nike, Inc., where Business Systems Analysts annually earn $72K.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $51K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $38K and $70K. Mckesson Health Solutions, American Express Co. (AMEX), and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $52K, $53K, and $55K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Survey takers working as Business Systems Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. 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 6 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. A tool kit that includes Requirements Analysis also typically contains Project Management and Data Analysis. It is often found that people who know Business Analysis are also skilled 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $73K. Business Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Business Systems Analysts that is 39 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Business Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Employers in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 10 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
$67,000


Skills That Affect Business Systems Analyst Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 766 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: 72% employee benefits None: 10%
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