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

With nearly three-fifths of Senior Business Analysts in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $65K to $124K per year and averages out to $85K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Business Analysts — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $65K to approximately $124K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Business Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Men working as Senior Business Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$63,335 - $112,927
(Median)
$63K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $85,059
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$34.33 - $77.40
(Median)
$34
$52
$77
MEDIAN: $51.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,335 - $112,927  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,792  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,168  
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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$65,414 - $123,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,077
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.33 - $77.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,792  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,168  
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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$65,414 - $123,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Senior Business Analysts sometimes become IT Program Managers, where the average income is $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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Requirements Analysis, Software Development Lifecycle, Business Analysis, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also 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.


Senior Business Analysts with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $73K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $86K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Senior Business Analysts with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Business Analysts in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Senior Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Tampa and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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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

Requirements Analysis
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Software Development Lifecycle
up arrow 4%

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 514 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
43%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 10%
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