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Working As A Senior Budget Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $72,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Senior Budget Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

50.9%

Female

47.6%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Black or African American

14.1%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

French

13.6%

Japanese

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Hindi

4.5%

Urdu

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%
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Senior Budget Analyst Education

Schools

Strayer University

12.2%

University of Phoenix

10.6%

George Mason University

8.9%

Webster University

5.7%

Michigan State University

5.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.9%

New York University

4.9%

Hofstra University

4.9%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

Suffolk University

4.1%

Villanova University

4.1%

Syracuse University

3.3%

University of Memphis

3.3%

American University

3.3%

Northeastern University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

George Washington University

3.3%

San Diego State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Accounting

21.7%

Finance

17.4%

Public Administration

5.4%

Management

3.7%

Economics

2.4%

Political Science

2.1%

Law

1.3%

Public Policy Analysis

1.3%

Psychology

1.1%

International Business

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%

Management Science

0.9%

Computer Science

0.9%

Project Management

0.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%

Mathematics

0.7%

Human Resources Management

0.7%

Health Care Administration

0.7%

Educational Leadership

0.7%
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Degrees

Masters

47.3%

Bachelors

35.6%

Other

9.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.1%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Budget Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Budget Analyst II (Director of Financial Planning) Montclare Children's School, LLC New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $112,700
SR. Budget Analyst (Director of Financial Planning Montclare Children's School, LLC New York, NY Jun 04, 2014 $106,000
Senior Budget Analyst Hanwha Q Cells USA Corp Irvine, CA Sep 09, 2015 $97,115
Senior Budget Analyst Open Society Foundations New York, NY Apr 14, 2016 $96,615
Senior Budget Analyst Open Society Foundations New York, NY May 27, 2014 $95,000
Senior Budget Analyst Joins America Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2015 $93,500
Senior Budget Analyst Hwa Seung Networks America Corporation Los Angeles, CA Sep 21, 2015 $93,226
SR. Budget Analyst Fujitsu America, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jul 01, 2013 $91,707
Senior Budget Analyst Appnexus, Inc. New York, NY Oct 06, 2014 $90,000
SR. Budget Analyst Asico LLC Westmont, IL Sep 14, 2016 $89,981
SR. Budget Analyst Chicago Food Corporation Chicago, IL Jan 14, 2015 $88,587
Senior Analyst-Budgets and Forecast Hilton Worldwide, Inc. McLean, VA Jul 20, 2016 $86,104
Senior Budget Analyst Gali Service Industries Rockville, MD Oct 31, 2014 $85,800
SR. Analyst, Budget Analysis Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA Sep 26, 2015 $85,000 -
$160,000
Senior Analyst, Budget Analysis Lincoln National Corporation Philadelphia, PA May 20, 2015 $85,000 -
$160,000
Senior Budget Anaylst Signature Consultants, LLC Charlotte, NC Aug 10, 2009 $83,000
Senior Budget Analyst Paige Academy MA Nov 18, 2010 $82,389
Senior Budget Analyst The New York Public Library New York, NY Aug 02, 2016 $78,582 -
$116,000
Senior Budget Analyst AWI USA LLC Plainview, NY Apr 25, 2016 $75,132
Senior Budget Analyst Cleaners of America Corporation Alexandria, VA Jul 14, 2015 $75,005
Senior Budget Analyst L.L.Bean Inc. Freeport, ME May 07, 2015 $74,160
Senior Budget Analyst/Accountant L.L. Bean Inc. Freeport, ME May 06, 2013 $72,000
SR. Budget Analyst Visual CITI Inc. Lindenhurst, NY Apr 05, 2016 $71,510
Senior Budget Analyst Modern Parking, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 29, 2016 $71,198
Budget Analyst (Senior Treasury Analyst) The Devereux Foundation King of Prussia, PA Jul 12, 2011 $69,555 -
$92,317

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Top Skills for A Senior Budget Analyst

  1. Financial Management
  2. Financial Statements
  3. Project Budget
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  • Monitored obligation, expenditures, and performed financial management analyses to ensure five year capital budgeting execution aligned goals.
  • Conducted analysis of Financial Statements and associated risks/opportunities to provide understanding of financial performance to internal/external stakeholders.
  • Allocated annual IT project budgets and reconciled accounts.
  • Collected and examined budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations.
  • Conducted studies, audits, research and prepared reports and recommendations on departmental reorganization, administration and personnel and financial allocation.

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