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

Nearly three-fifths of Senior Business Analysts in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $65K to $123K per year, but median earnings come to around $85K annually. With some bonuses approaching $13K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Senior Business Analysts spread between $65K and $123K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Business Analysts making up 56 percent of survey respondents. For the most part, Senior Business Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$63,314 - $112,430
(Median)
$63K
$85K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,833
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$34.80 - $76.92
(Median)
$35
$51
$77
MEDIAN: $51.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$63,314 - $112,430  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,583  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $10,090  
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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$65,423 - $123,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$34.80 - $76.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.37  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,583  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $10,090  
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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$65,423 - $123,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216

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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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It's not very common for Senior Business Analysts to move on to become IT Program Managers. Average pay for an IT Program Manager is $111K annually. An Information Technology Project Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Business Analysts. Paychecks for that role are $86K on average. The IT Senior Project Manager position is another common transition for Senior Business Analysts; in this role, salaries are typically at the $110K mark.

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


Survey results imply that Senior Business Analysts deploy a deep pool 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, Windows Operating System General Use, 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.


For many Senior Business Analysts, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $73K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $85K. Senior Business Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). In Austin, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Tampa and Minneapolis (3 percent lower).

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



National Average
$89,000



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



Business Analysis
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Oracle
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Java
0%

National Average
$89,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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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 553 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 10%