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Information Systems (IS) Analyst Salary (United States)

Information Systems Analysts in the United States usually make around $59K per year. Cash earnings for Information Systems Analysts — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $37K to approximately $88K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all employees enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Information Systems Analysts are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) of Information Systems Analysts are men. For the most part, Information Systems Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Information Systems (IS) Analyst Salary (?
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$39,838 - $87,019
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MEDIAN: $59,218
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Information Systems (IS) Analyst Salary (?
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$14.18 - $36.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,838 - $87,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,645  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $6,040  
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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$36,710 - $88,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 964
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $36.49  
   
Overtime
$1.76 - $45.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,645  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $6,040  
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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$36,710 - $88,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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Job Description for Information Systems (IS) Analyst

Information systems (IS) analysts are responsible for conducting system analysis and providing technology project leadership for their organization. One of their main duties includes coordinating operational procedures related to information systems and their management. IS analysts are in charge of programming technical solutions that improve the efficiency of current processes. They also help provide easier access to key information by performing complex data queries in a timely manner.
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Information Systems (IS) Analyst Tasks
  • Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
  • Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
  • Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
  • Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.

Common Career Paths for Information Systems (IS) Analyst

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As Information Systems Analysts transition into upper-level roles such as Information Technology Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. an Information Technology Director typically earns $100K per year. Career advancement for the typical Information Systems Analyst often leads to becoming a Senior Systems Analyst or a Information Technology Project Manager; median salaries in these positions are $22K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Information Systems (IS) Analyst

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Project Management, Windows 2003 Server, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 5 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Systems (IS) Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Information Systems Analysts with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Information Systems Analysts see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $72K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$58,000
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With a pay rate for Information Systems Analysts that is 23 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Systems Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Information Systems (IS) Analyst Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$58,000

Skills That Affect Information Systems (IS) Analyst Salaries

Oracle
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Windows 2003 Server
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SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Java
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$58,000
Microsoft Access
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UNIX
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 318 votes.

Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%