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

The majority of Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts in the United States—58 percent—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $63,476 to $122,533 per year and typically amount to $87,426 per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts making up 56 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salary (?
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$61,550 - $110,621
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MEDIAN: $83,196
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Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) Salary (?
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$30.50 - $79.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,550 - $110,621  
   
Bonus
$411.16 - $13,339  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $10,342  
Commission
$0.00 - $23,399  
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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$63,476 - $122,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,861
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$30.50 - $79.29  
   
Overtime
$1.33 - $79.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$411.16 - $13,339  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $23,399  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $10,342  
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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$63,476 - $122,533  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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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While not commonly seen, Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts who transition into a IT Program Manager position may earn an additional $23K per year. An IT Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts moving up the ladder. Unfortunately, pay drops by $1,867 upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts is a Senior IT Project Manager position, where earnings go up by $22K.

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

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Development Lifecycle, Requirements Analysis, Business Analysis, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic (VB), Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know 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.
Though Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $77K to $84K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $100K. Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $100K. Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Washington, Boston, and Portland, where Computer Systems Sr. Business Analysts annually earn 18 percent, 13 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Austin and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -4 percent, respectively.

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

National Average
$87,000

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

Oracle
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Project Management
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National Average
$87,000
SQL
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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HTML
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Access
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 11%