Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salary

With close to three-fifths of Senior Business Analysts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Business Analysts is $85K per year and can range from $66K on the lower end to $124K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Senior Business Analysts — including $13K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $66K to $124K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Business Analysts making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Senior Business Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$63,689 - $113,011
(Median)
$64K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,239
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$35.11 - $77.55
(Median)
$35
$52
$78
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,689 - $113,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,846  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $9,981  
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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$65,941 - $123,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,963
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$35.11 - $77.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $77.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,846  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $9,981  
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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$65,941 - $123,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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Job Description for Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

  • 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 Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)


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Senior Business Analysts do not often transition into IT Program Manager roles. The role averages $111K per year. Becoming an Information Technology Project Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Business Analysts move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Information Technology Project Manager is $86K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Business Analysts to assume an IT Senior Project Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $110K.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)


Senior Business Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Software Development Lifecycle, Business Analysis, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Requirements Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems)

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


For many Senior Business Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $73K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Business Analysts make a median salary of $96K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Business Analysts, 33 percent higher than the national average. Senior Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), New York (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Tampa and 2 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salaries


Software Development Lifecycle
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Business Analysis
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Oracle
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National Average
$90,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Java
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Access
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HTML
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 455 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%
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