Business Systems Analyst Salary

The average Business Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66K per year. In the world of Business Systems Analysts, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $101K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Business Systems Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,508 - $93,972

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$18.68 - $60.00

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Salary
$46,508 - $93,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,869  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $11,285  
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Total Pay (?
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$46,786 - $101,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,380
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Hourly Rate
$18.68 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$24.30 - $66.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,869  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$510 - $11,285  
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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$46,786 - $101,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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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 some Business Systems Analysts move into positions like IT Senior Project Manager (where the average salary is $110K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Business Systems Analyst is to become a Senior Business Analyst or an Information Technology Project Manager. Compared to Business Systems Analysts, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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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. 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), Boston Scientific Corporation, and Nike, Inc., where earnings of $78K, $76K, or $72K are standard for Business Systems Analysts.

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $51K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $38K and $70K. Other low-paying employers include Mckesson Health Solutions at $52K and The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. at $55K, though some Business Systems Analysts there earn up to $71K.

Popular Skills for Business Systems Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SQL Server, and Business Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Most people who know Requirements Analysis also know Project Management and Data Analysis. Those educated in Business Analysis tend to be well versed 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.


For Business Systems Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. On average, Business Systems Analysts make $82K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $88K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Business Systems Analysts that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Business Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+19 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and New York (+14 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis (14 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
$68,000


Skills That Affect Business Systems Analyst Salaries





Oracle
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Project Management
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Data Analysis
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National Average
$68,000

SQL
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 700 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 71% employee benefits None: 10%
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