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Working As A Budget Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $67,575

    Average Salary

What Does A Budget Analyst Do

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.

Duties

Budget analysts typically do the following:

  • Work with program and project managers to develop the organization's budget
  • Review managers' budget proposals for completeness, accuracy, and compliance with laws and other regulations
  • Combine all the program and department budgets together into a consolidated organizational budget and review all funding requests for merit
  • Explain their recommendations for funding requests to others in the organization, legislators, and the public
  • Help the chief operations officer, agency head, or other top managers analyze proposed plans and find alternatives if the projected results are unsatisfactory
  • Monitor organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget
  • Inform program managers of the status and availability of funds
  • Estimate future financial needs

Budget analysts advise various institutions—including governments, universities, and businesses—on how to organize their finances. They prepare annual and special reports and evaluate budget proposals. They analyze data to determine the costs and benefits of various programs and recommend funding levels based on their findings. Although elected officials (in government) or top executives (in a private company) usually make the final decision on an organization's budget, they rely on the work of budget analysts to prepare the information for that decision.

Sometimes, budget analysts use cost-benefit analyses to review financial requests, assess program tradeoffs, and explore alternative funding methods. Budget analysts also may examine past budgets and research economic and financial developments that affect the organization's income and expenditures. Budget analysts may recommend program spending cuts or redistributing extra funds.

Throughout the year, budget analysts oversee spending to ensure compliance with the budget and determine whether changes to funding levels are needed for certain programs. Analysts also evaluate programs to determine whether they are producing the desired results.

In addition to providing technical analysis, budget analysts must effectively communicate their recommendations to officials within the organization. For example, if there is a difference between the approved budget and actual spending, budget analysts may write a report explaining the variations and recommend changes to reconcile the differences.

Budget analysts working in government attend committee hearings to explain their recommendations to legislators. Occasionally, budget analysts may evaluate how well a program is doing, provide policy analysis, and draft budget-related legislation.

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How To Become A Budget Analyst

A bachelor’s degree is typically required to become a budget analyst, although some employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree.

Education

Employers generally require budget analysts to have at least a bachelor's degree. However, some employers may require candidates to have a master’s degree. Because developing a budget requires strong numerical and analytical skills, courses in statistics or accounting are helpful. Federal, state, and local governments have varying requirements, but usually require a bachelor's degree in one of many areas, such as accounting, finance, business, public administration, economics, statistics, political science, or sociology.

Sometimes, budget-related or finance-related work experience can be substituted for formal education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Government budget analysts may earn the Certified Government Financial Manager credential from the Association of Government Accountants. To earn this certification, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree, 24 credit hours of study in financial management, 2 years of professional-level experience in governmental financial management, and they must pass a series of exams. To keep the certification, budget analysts must take 80 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Advancement

Entry-level budget analysts begin with limited responsibilities, but advancement is common. As analysts gain experience, they have the opportunity to advance to intermediate and senior budget analyst positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Budget analysts must be able to process a variety of information, evaluate costs and benefits, and solve complex problems.

Communication skills. Budget analysts need strong communication skills because they often have to explain and defend their analyses and recommendations in meetings and legislative committee hearings.

Detail oriented. Creating an efficient budget requires careful analysis of each budget item.

Math skills. Most budget analysts need math skills and should be able to use certain software, including spreadsheets, database functions, and financial analysis programs.

Writing skills. Budget analysts must present technical information in writing that is understandable for the intended audience.

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Budget Analyst Career Paths

Budget Analyst
Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Finance Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounting Manager Assistant Controller
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Budget Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Bookkeeper Accountant Treasury Analyst
Cash Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis Controller
Controller/Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controller Accountant-Contractor Senior Accountant
Corporate Accounting Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Cost Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Business Manager Controller
Director Of Accounting & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Budget Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Senior Finance Analyst
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Controller
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Interim Controller
15 Yearsyrs
Controller Accounting Consultant Accounting Manager
Manager/Finance Accounting
8 Yearsyrs
Cost Analyst Project Control Analyst Controls Project Manager
Program Control Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Finance Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Analyst Data Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller Finance Director
Senior Director Of Finance
14 Yearsyrs
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Budget Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

52.8%

Male

44.3%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

13.8%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.7%

French

10.6%

Mandarin

8.0%

Chinese

6.0%

German

6.0%

Italian

4.5%

Cantonese

4.0%

Japanese

3.5%

Korean

3.0%

Russian

2.5%

Arabic

2.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Portuguese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Czech

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Lithuanian

0.5%

Romanian

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%
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Budget Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Strayer University

9.6%

Webster University

7.3%

University of Maryland - University College

6.8%

George Mason University

5.5%

George Washington University

4.8%

Troy University

4.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

New York University

3.6%

Georgia State University

3.6%

American University

3.4%

Old Dominion University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

2.9%

Syracuse University

2.7%

University of Illinois at Chicago

2.7%

Boston University

2.7%

Northeastern University

2.7%

Michigan State University

2.6%

Ashford University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

36.0%

Accounting

20.6%

Finance

15.4%

Management

4.9%

Public Administration

3.9%

Economics

2.6%

Political Science

2.4%

Marketing

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Education

1.1%

Criminal Justice

1.1%

Computer Science

1.0%

Psychology

0.9%

Law

0.9%

Elementary Education

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Management Science

0.7%

Communication

0.7%

Liberal Arts

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

39.1%

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

12.9%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Real Budget Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Budget Analyst Park Fragrance LLC New York, NY Dec 21, 2016 $147,243
Budget Analyst Fidai International Inc. Carrollton, TX Apr 08, 2016 $114,483
Budget Analyst Soundview Broadcasting LLC Islandia, NY Jan 19, 2016 $112,840
Budget Analyst Soundview Broadcasting LLC Islandia, NY Jul 07, 2015 $112,840
Budget Analyst Appnexus, Inc. New York, NY Dec 30, 2015 $112,500
Budget Analyst, Producing Cost & Inventories American Glasscrafters, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ Apr 11, 2016 $108,118
Budget Analyst II DOF Subsea USA, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 17, 2016 $105,435
Budget Analyst Cathay Home Inc. New York, NY Dec 29, 2016 $94,640
Budget Analyst Mejoong Corporation Los Angeles, CA May 19, 2015 $93,226
Budget Analyst Mejoong Corporation Los Angeles, CA Nov 12, 2015 $93,226
Budget Analyst Jenifer & Janet Fashion, Inc. Diamond Bar, CA Jan 15, 2015 $93,226
Budget Analyst Kilina America, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 10, 2015 $93,226
Budget Analyst Ms International, Inc. Orange, CA Aug 12, 2015 $92,000
Budget Analyst M S International, Inc. Orange, CA Sep 18, 2015 $92,000
Budget Analyst Taola, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 15, 2016 $61,965
Budget Analyst Southwest Fence & Deck, Inc. Carrollton, TX Jul 27, 2016 $61,797
Budget Analyst G.B.T. Inc. Industry, CA Sep 21, 2016 $61,149
Budget Analyst CJ Korea Express USA Corporation East Rancho Dominguez, CA Sep 21, 2016 $61,066
Budget Analyst Forest Travel Agency, Inc. North Miami Beach, FL Mar 09, 2016 $61,000
Budget Analyst Lori's Diner International, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 12, 2015 $60,523
Budget Analyst Petits Pains & Co. LP Burlingame, CA Sep 25, 2015 $60,523
Budget Analyst New Empire Builders Corp. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $60,523
Construction Budget Analyst Onsite Project Consulting LLC New York, NY Nov 09, 2016 $54,992
Budget Analyst Eighth Ave Accounting Consultants Ltd. New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $54,951
Budget Analyst Functional Life Achievement, Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2015 $54,951
Budget Analyst The Nosh'Em Group LLC New York, NY Feb 16, 2016 $54,951
Budget Analyst New York City Office of Management and Budget New York, NY Mar 16, 2016 $54,951 -
$68,621
Budget Analysts Robert Taffera, Inc. Peekskill, NY Oct 01, 2015 $54,951
Budget Analyst Raymond Chan Architect, PC NY Mar 11, 2016 $54,951
Budget Analyst The Nosh'Em Group LLC New York, NY Feb 17, 2016 $54,951

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  1. Financial Management
  2. Project Budget
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Performed work in collection, analysis, evaluation, interpretation and dissemination of information on financial management and program/budget requests.
  • Performed Start-up, Maintenance and Retrospective analysis of project budgets in accordance with project analysis processes and changing market conditions.
  • Distributed monthly departmental summarized financial statements
  • Worked with several operational and Community Health departments to determine financial status for projection, planning resources and reporting.
  • Advise the program management personnel in the preparation of statistical summaries of other material necessary for justification of budget modification requests.

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