Senior Data Analysts in the United States take home an average $76K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Data Analysts can bottom out near $56K or peak near $109K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Data Analysts. Senior Data Analysts who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$56,481 - $103,443
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$56K
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MEDIAN: $76,422
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$17.90 - $58.71
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,481 - $103,443  
   
Bonus
$1,930 - $12,368  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $16,107  
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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$55,675 - $109,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.90 - $58.71  
   
Overtime
$22.63 - $59.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,930 - $12,368  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $16,107  
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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$55,675 - $109,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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Job Description for Senior Data Analyst

A senior data analyst may work for many different types of businesses, most commonly in marketing or finance. A senior data analyst specializes in collecting data, organizing that data, and then analyzing the data so that they can accurately report their findings so that other departments to make informed decisions. As a senior-level employee, a senior data analyst also be oversees and mentors a small team and serves as a liaison between the data analysts and other departments.

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Senior Data Analyst Tasks

  • Ensure data accuracy and create ad hoc reports.
  • May also be required to provide database maintenance and development.
  • Gather, extract, manipulate, analyze and model data using analytical and statistical tools.

Common Career Paths for Senior Data Analyst


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Advancing into a Director of Analytics role seems to be a popular career move for Senior Data Analysts, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $134K per year. With an annual salary of $99K, Analytics Manager is the most common role for Senior Data Analysts to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Data Manager role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Senior Data Analysts, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Data Analyst


Capital One Financial Corp, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and OptumHealth, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Data Analysts. OptumHealth, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $90K.

Popular Skills for Senior Data Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Tableau Software, Data Mining / Data Warehouse, SAS, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Data Analysis tend to be well versed in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Data Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Data Analysts, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $75K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $82K. Senior Data Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. 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

National Average: $78,495

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Data Analysts in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Data Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Atlanta (+6 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (4 percent less) and Dallas (3 percent less).

Senior Data Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Data Analyst?

Senior Data Analyst in Calabasas:
"Automate Reports. Analyze Data."
Pros: Sometimes we have office parties and fun events at work.
Cons: Sometimes I need to stay late to finish a project.

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Experience Affects Senior Data Analyst Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Senior Data Analyst Salaries


SQL
up arrow 4%

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 4%

SAS
up arrow 4%

Database
up arrow 2%

Data Modeling
up arrow 1%

Data Management
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Statistical Analysis
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$78,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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