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Working As A Budget/Finance Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Budget/Finance 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/Finance 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/Finance Analyst Career Paths

Budget/Finance Analyst
Senior Finance Analyst Finance Manager Controller
Regional Controller
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Controller
Director Of Administration & Finance
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Analyst Accounting Manager
Division Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Controller
Group Controller
11 Yearsyrs
Finance Manager Reporting Manager Assistant Controller
Divisional Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Manager
Corporate Accounting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Accounting Supervisor Accounting Manager
Assistant Corporate Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Accountant Manager Business Manager
Business Manager-Finance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Manager Business Operations Manager
Senior Manager Of Business Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Office Manager Administrative Manager
Administrative & Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Consultant Assistant Controller
Finance Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Budget Analyst Budget Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Regional Finance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Manager Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Finance Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Budget Analyst
Budget Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Planning Analyst Manager Finance Planning And Analysis
Manager-Finance Systems
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program/Project Manager Controls Project Manager
Program Control Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Finance Planning Analyst Lead Finance Analyst
Manager, Finance Analysis
8 Yearsyrs
Finance Planning Analyst Pricing Analyst Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Budget Manager 3.6 years
Budget Analyst 3.5 years
Budget Coordinator 3.3 years
Budget Assistant 3.1 years
Cost Analyst 3.0 years
Budget Accountant 3.0 years
Finance Analyst 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Budget/Finance Analyst
Accountant 9.7%
Internship 3.5%
Analyst 3.4%
Auditor 2.9%
Controller 2.6%
Top Careers After Budget/Finance Analyst
Controller 5.3%
Accountant 4.5%
Consultant 2.8%
Manager 2.6%
Owner 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$44,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Western Digital
Highest Paying City
Sacramento, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Budget/Finance Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Budget/Finance Analyst in the United States is $69,348 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $44,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Budget/Finance Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Budget & Financial Analyst Vanco Exploration Company Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $96,803
Financial & Budget Analyst Blue & White Foods, LLC. Islandia, NY Sep 01, 2011 $95,000
Financial & Budget Analysts Blue & White Foods, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 01, 2010 $95,000
Financial & Budget Analyst Blue & White Foods, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 11, 2009 $85,000
Financial & Budget Analyst Blue & White Foods, LLC Islandia, NY Sep 01, 2009 $85,000
Financial & Budget Analyst Blue & White Foods, Inc. NY Sep 01, 2009 $85,000
Financial Control & Budget Analyst Sumitronics USA, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 15, 2010 $84,000
Budget Financial Analyst IV Western Digital Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 11, 2016 $81,370
Project Budget & Financial Analyst Vanco Exploration Company Houston, TX Jan 25, 2011 $80,434
Financial & Budget Analyst Madel's International Group Inc. Davie, FL Feb 06, 2016 $76,586
Budget/Financial Analyst Cogent Energy Solutions, LLC Houston, TX Apr 14, 2014 $75,000
Financial & Budget Analyst Classic Cooking, LLC NY Oct 18, 2010 $70,000 -
$80,000
Financial & Budget Analyst Sherman Equities, Inc. New York, NY May 23, 2016 $70,000
Financial Analyst III-Budgeting Red Hat, Inc. Raleigh, NC Jan 26, 2011 $70,000 -
$80,000
Financial Analyst, Budgeting & Reporting Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. Boston, MA Jun 02, 2011 $63,648
Budget-Financial Analyst J.T. Posey Company Arcadia, CA Aug 31, 2009 $62,800 -
$85,000
Finance and Budget Analyst Eurasia Foundation Washington, DC Aug 01, 2011 $62,000
Budget Financial Analyst III Western Digital Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 03, 2010 $61,443 -
$69,293
Budget Financial Analyst III Western Digital Fremont Fremont, CA Oct 01, 2010 $60,254 -
$69,293
Finance Budget Analyst KPIT Infosystems, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $60,000
Financial Budget Analyst Silicon Valley Innovation Center San Mateo, CA Sep 07, 2016 $60,000
Budget and Financial Analyst Ariela-Alpha International, LLC New York, NY Mar 25, 2011 $60,000
Financial/Budget Analyst Junior South East World Wide, Ltd. Queensbury, NY Sep 23, 2012 $54,600
Financial Control & Budgeting Analyst Sumitronics USA, Inc. San Diego, CA Dec 10, 2009 $54,000
Financial Control & Budget Analyst Sumitronics USA, Inc. San Diego, CA Jan 01, 2010 $54,000
Financial and Budget Analyst E-Times Corporation Los Angeles, CA Oct 14, 2010 $53,499
Financial Budget Analyst AVI Foodsystems, Inc. Warren, OH Oct 01, 2011 $53,414 -
$55,000
Financial/Budget Analyst Nexsun Corp Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2009 $52,989
Finance/Budget Analyst Q-Eximtrade Inc. Carteret, NJ Sep 03, 2011 $52,738

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Top Skills for A Budget/Finance Analyst

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Financial Status
  3. Variance Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed and prepared monthly financial statements which provided management with viable information for effectively operating and expanding their line of business.
  • Identified and improved financial status by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans and forecasts; recommending actions to management.
  • Performed research and analysis of district financial operations consisting of trend and variance analysis.
  • Devised and maintained extensive chronological filing system and corresponding cross-referenced list for all purchase orders submitted.
  • Examined past and current budgets to evaluate financial resources.

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  2. Maryland
  3. Massachusetts
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Alabama
  7. Connecticut
  8. California
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Budget/Finance Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

46.0%

Female

42.1%

Unknown

11.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

13.0%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.2%

Arabic

8.3%

Chinese

6.3%

Mandarin

6.3%

French

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Cantonese

6.3%

German

4.2%

Italian

4.2%

Amharic

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%

Filipino

2.1%

Vietnamese

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Bemba

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Tagalog

2.1%

Bengali

2.1%
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Budget/Finance Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.4%

Strayer University

11.6%

University of Maryland - University College

8.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

7.2%

Webster University

7.2%

George Mason University

6.8%

George Washington University

4.3%

New York University

3.9%

Saint John's University - New York

3.9%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Georgetown University

3.4%

Troy University

2.9%

Howard University

2.9%

University of Washington

2.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.9%

University of North Florida

2.4%

Park University

2.4%

Temple University

2.4%

Pennsylvania State University

2.4%

Fordham University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

33.2%

Accounting

23.0%

Finance

22.3%

Economics

4.0%

Management

3.4%

Human Resources Management

1.6%

Project Management

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%

Public Administration

1.4%

Marketing

1.1%

Health Care Administration

0.9%

Computer Science

0.8%

Information Technology

0.8%

Mathematics

0.8%

International Business

0.7%

Education

0.6%

Communication

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Management Information Systems

0.5%

Elementary Education

0.5%
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Degrees

Masters

43.3%

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

8.1%

Certificate

3.8%

Associate

2.8%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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