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Working As A Hris Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $81,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hris Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Hris Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Hris Analyst Career Paths

Hris Analyst
Implementation Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Hris Analyst Hris Manager Director Of Human Resources
Compensation Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Hris Manager Director Of Human Resources Development Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Hris Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Hris Analyst Business Systems Senior Analyst Systems Administrator
Network Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Compensation Analyst Human Resources Manager Project Manager
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Functional Analyst Project Coordinator Project Specialist
Project Team Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager General Manager Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Architect And Developer Development Engineer
Senior Applications Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Compensation Analyst Human Resources Consultant Implementation Consultant
Senior Implementation Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Contractor/Consultant Senior Analyst
Senior Lead Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Subject Matter Expert
Senior Subject Matter Expert
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Software Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Analyst Project Leader Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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Hris Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

65.8%

Male

31.8%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Japanese

6.7%

French

6.7%

Korean

6.7%

Italian

6.7%

Comanche

3.3%

Hungarian

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Urdu

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%
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Hris Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.3%

Villanova University

6.9%

San Jose State University

6.1%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

Temple University

4.6%

DePaul University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Northeastern University

4.6%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

Regis University

3.8%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

3.8%

Cornell University

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

Suffolk University

3.8%

Illinois State University

3.1%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.1%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

3.1%
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Majors

Business

31.9%

Human Resources Management

21.2%

Psychology

6.1%

Management Information Systems

3.9%

Management

3.7%

Information Technology

3.5%

Computer Science

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Communication

2.7%

Finance

2.5%

Information Systems

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Project Management

1.8%

Counseling Psychology

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

English

1.5%

Marketing

1.5%

General Studies

1.3%

Economics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.4%

Masters

26.4%

Other

12.4%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Hris Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Hris Analyst Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Mar 10, 2016 $145,000
Lead Analyst, Hris Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ Jul 10, 2015 $133,000
Hris Analyst Sunpower Corporation San Jose, CA Nov 28, 2011 $125,000
Hris Analyst-Principal Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 09, 2011 $120,000
Hris Analyst 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 16, 2014 $116,081
Hris Analyst 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 16, 2012 $110,000
Hris Analyst 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 07, 2013 $110,000
Hris Analyst 3 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 10, 2016 $110,000
Hris Analyst Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA May 02, 2016 $109,429 -
$130,400
Functional Hris Analyst II Santander Bank, N.A. MA Jul 25, 2016 $109,000 -
$119,000
Hris Analyst Netapp, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 27, 2014 $105,000 -
$115,000
Hris Analyst Pinterest, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $100,000 -
$145,000
Hris Analyst Intertek USA Inc. Houston, TX Aug 05, 2015 $100,000
Hris Analyst Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Oct 06, 2014 $100,000
Hris Analyst Infovity Inc. San Mateo, CA Mar 11, 2016 $88,442 -
$98,442
Hris Analyst Netpolarity, Inc. Redwood City, CA Apr 02, 2013 $88,317
Hris Analyst Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT May 12, 2016 $87,000
Hris Analyst Emergent Biosolutions Inc. Rockville, MD Apr 04, 2011 $86,320
Hris Analyst II Safeway Inc. Phoenix, AZ Dec 12, 2016 $85,020
Hris Analyst I (Software Applications) Safeway Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 26, 2015 $85,000
Hris Analyst (Software Applications) Safeway Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jul 18, 2016 $85,000
Hris Analyst CBRE, Inc. Dallas, TX Apr 12, 2014 $85,000 -
$100,000
Hris Analyst Nu Technology, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Feb 23, 2016 $74,422
Hris Analyst Zale Corporation Irving, TX Oct 01, 2012 $72,777
Hris Analyst Apollo Group, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 08, 2012 $70,000
Hris Analyst Apollo Group, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Oct 15, 2012 $70,000
Hris Analyst Zale Corporation Irving, TX May 15, 2010 $66,929
Hris Analyst BWI North America, Inc. Kettering, OH May 07, 2016 $65,040

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Hris Analyst

Average Yearly Salary
$81,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Median 50%
$116,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Clayton Homes
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Connecticut
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Hris Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Hris Analyst in the United States is $81,482 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $116,000.

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Top Skills for A Hris Analyst

  1. Payroll
  2. Data Integrity
  3. ADP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Aided in design and program specifications for automated payroll system.
  • Analyzed system capabilities, data integrity and business processes and made recommendations for improvements in order to support data integrity efforts.
  • Create new benefit plans and options to be added to payroll ADP, NICE employee self-service and benefit vendor interfaces.
  • Provided technical business insight on business processes including: Organizational Management, Personnel Administration, Benefits Administration, and Payroll.
  • Performed data audits regularly for accurate interface transfers to benefit providers.

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