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Business Systems Analyst Salary

An average Business Systems Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K per year. Incomes of Business Systems Analysts vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $46K on the low end and $101K on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$45,749 - $93,945
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$46K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,099
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$17.88 - $59.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,749 - $93,945  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,979  
Profit Sharing
$551 - $10,271  
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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$45,891 - $100,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.88 - $59.05  
   
Overtime
$23.78 - $64.80  
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 - $9,979  
   
Commission
$983 - $27,764  
Profit Sharing
$551 - $10,271  
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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$45,891 - $100,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374

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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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While not commonly seen, Business Systems Analysts who transition into an IT Senior Project Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for IT Senior Project Managers is $110K per year. It is quite typical for Business Systems Analysts to transition into roles as Senior Business Analysts or Information Technology Project Managers, where reported median earnings are $17K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Systems Analyst


J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Epsilon, Dell, Inc., and Caci International Inc are among the top companies that take on many Business Systems Analysts. Although Navy Federal Credit Union heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $81K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $55K to $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 $79K, $76K, or $75K.

Employees of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $51K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $38K to $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, Business Analysis, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 8 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Access. Those proficient in Business Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Business Systems Analysts — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $72K. For Business Systems Analysts, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $82K. Business Systems Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $88K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Business Systems Analysts in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Business Systems Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+22 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Pittsburgh 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





Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 808 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: 71% employee benefits None: 10%