Business Analyst Salaries
Whether you are an established business analyst looking to make a move to a more challenging role, or a recent graduate attempting to break in to the business analyst profession, it pays to make sure you know what current rates for business analyst salaries are. Below we will take a look at the different types of business analyst, their specializations and the salaries they can realistically expect to receive. Finally, we will discuss tertiary skills which can be promoted within your resume to attribute further value.
BA Salaries - The Range
The actual salary a business analyst is offered, will depend upon both their level of seniority and any specialization (such as business systems or project management) they have. Business analyst salaries range from $53,000 for a junior business systems analyst, up to $98,000 for a project manager business analyst. The job of business analyst is an excellent stepping stone for management jobs. Salary levels for management jobs can double the amounts shown above.
BA Salaries - The Average
The average business analyst salary in the USA is around $78,000. This is the pay scale for a business analyst who is
proficient in the methodologies and techniques outlined in BABOK, has several years of experience, and does not specialize
in any particular doctrine.
Business Analyst Salaries - Seniority
Below is a list of business analyst salaries sorted on seniority and experience. Again, as above, this list does not take
into account any form of specialization.
- Junior Business Analyst ($53,000) - Graduate entry level salary.
- Business Analyst ($78,000) - A business analyst with 2 - 5 years of experience.
- Senior Business Analyst ($86,000) - A business analyst with 5+ years of work experience.
BA Salaries - Specializations
Below is a list of the salary averages for different types of business analysts who have begun to specialize in one (or
more) specific types if business analysis.
- Business Systems Analyst ($83,000) - This type of business analyst generalizes in the areas
of business process management, change management and some IT.
- Project Management Business Analyst ($98,000) - A business analyst who also undertakes the
roll of project manager, managing not only other business analysts, but also interfacing with stakeholders and other project
team members, scheduling the project, managing resources and ensuring a successful project implementation.
- Business Data Analyst ($70,000) - This kind of business analyst only acts upon strategic
data and information, most usually financial data or forecasts, using a range of software tools.
- Business Process Analyst ($76,000) - A business analyst who specializes in analyzing the
business workflow and the processes used within it. May also me required to perform requirements analysis and help with
- IT Business Analyst ($93,000) - A technical role, specializing in IT infrastructure and the
way it is used within the business.
- SAP Business Analyst ($97,000) - A business analyst who specializes in the SAP range of
software products, their integration into the current business workflow and their modification.
- Technical Business Analyst ($87,000) - A business analyst who is also knowledgeable of the
company's product or service, acting as an interface between technicians and the rest of the business.
- Senior Business Systems Analyst ($94,000) - With five plus years of experience and a proven
track record, and a specialization in the area of business processes, a senior business systems analyst is expected to
assist in the management of more junior business analysts and participate in the decision making process at senior
- Business Intelligence Analyst ($80,000) - Responsible for supporting the businesses data
warehouse, and performing intelligent analysts on the date stored within it. A primarily technical role.
- Senior Systems Analyst ($89,000) - A senior systems analyst will have proven track record
of five plus years, and has specialized in the area of both IT and business process control. They will also be responsible
for helping to manage more junior business analysts and participate in the decision making process at senior management
Tertiary Skills - The Affect upon Salary
If we disqualify any techniques or methodologies which currently are defined as part of BABOK, we are left with a range
of skills which although cannot be quantified as business analysis skills, do have value, a value which can affect the
salary you are offered. If you have any such skills, be sure to highlight them within your resume, such skills include:
- Specific software skills, such as project management platforms, data mining tools and CEM
- Language skills.
- Industry specific skills, certifications and qualifications.
As we can clearly see from the wide range of salaries offered to the various types of business analyst, the business
analysis profession is a wide reaching one, encompassing many separate doctrines and specialization. In order to ensure you
receive the highest salary possible, make sure you know which salary range you qualify for, and tailor your resume
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