Business Systems Analyst Salary

Commissions form a big slice (over a third) of total compensation for Business Systems Analysts. The median income in this area hovers around $69K. Cash earnings for Business Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $48K to approximately $103K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. For the most part, Business Systems Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Business Systems Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,246 - $95,350
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$47K
$67K
$95K
MEDIAN: $66,569
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$18.69 - $61.55
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Business Systems Analysts sometimes become IT Senior Project Managers, where the average income is $111K 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 $16K and $17K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


Business Systems Analysts fill the offices of leading firms The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Caci International Inc, and Fiserv Inc. Although Navy Federal Credit Union boasts the highest average salary in town at $81K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $55K or as much as $130K. Accenture, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Business Systems Analysts earning around $80K, $78K, or $75K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. ($56K), Epsilon ($59K), and Caci International Inc ($60K).

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Business Systems Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. The majority of those who know Requirements Analysis also know Project Management and Data Analysis. Those proficient in Business Analysis are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Business Systems Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $61K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $74K. Business Systems Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. 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 $89K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,597

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

For Business Systems Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. 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). Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 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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