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Business Systems Analyst Salary

Median pay for Business Systems Analysts in the United States is around $65K annually. Cash earnings for Business Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing — stretch from around $46K to approximately $101K. While the specific employer and tenure impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$45,975 - $93,992
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,175
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$18.08 - $59.16
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$18
$31
$59
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,975 - $93,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,947  
Profit Sharing
$519 - $11,329  
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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$46,089 - $100,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.08 - $59.16  
   
Overtime
$23.84 - $66.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,947  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$519 - $11,329  
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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$46,089 - $100,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381

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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. Typical career progression for a Business Systems Analyst involves becoming a Senior Business Analyst or an Information Technology Project Manager, roles that pay $17K more and $18K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Epsilon, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Dell, Inc., and Caci International Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Business Systems Analysts. 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. Other big spenders include Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), Boston Scientific Corporation, and Nike, Inc., top-paying firms where Business Systems Analysts see paychecks nearing $78K, $76K, or $74K.

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. 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


Business Systems Analysts report using a deep pool 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 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. It is often found that people who know Business Analysis are also skilled in Data Analysis and Project Management. Those familiar with Requirements Analysis tend to be well versed in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $72K. Business Systems Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Business Systems Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Business Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Philadelphia and 9 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 782 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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: 72% employee benefits None: 10%
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