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Working As A Senior Lead Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $121,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Lead 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 Senior Lead 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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Average Length of Employment
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Senior Lead Analyst
Analyst 7.3%
Consultant 5.2%
Programmer 3.1%
Top Careers After Senior Lead Analyst
Consultant 6.9%
Manager 4.6%
Analyst 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$121,000
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$92,000
Min 10%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
$121,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$157,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Senior Lead Analyst make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Lead Analyst in the United States is $121,277 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $93,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $158,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Senior Lead Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Planning and Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Jul 23, 2012 $185,000
Planning and Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Jul 23, 2012 $185,000
Balance Sheet Management Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. May 18, 2015 $175,000
Vice President; Senior/Lead Research Analyst Merrill Lynch Sep 09, 2015 $175,000
Senior Lead Analyst, Global Retail Bank Barclays Bank PLC Mar 29, 2010 $170,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Jan 20, 2016 $168,000
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Apr 13, 2015 $160,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. May 30, 2011 $160,000
Product Control Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Jan 20, 2013 $160,000
BSM Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $157,080
M and A Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jan 01, 2016 $155,000
M and A Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Nov 01, 2016 $155,000
Vice President; Senior Lead/Research Analyst Merrill Lynch Sep 29, 2015 $154,690
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Apr 15, 2012 $141,000
Compensation Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jul 01, 2012 $140,000
BP&A Analytics Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jul 09, 2012 $135,000
Solutions Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Apr 07, 2014 $135,000
BP&A Analytics Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Nov 16, 2009 $130,800
BSM Senior Lead Analyst Citibank, N.A. Jun 01, 2015 $130,350
Planning & Analysis Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Apr 27, 2016 $130,000
P & A Senior Lead Analyst Citigroup Management Corp. Sep 25, 2014 $130,000
SR. Oracle Hrms Payroll Lead Analyst Regal-Beloit Corporation Sep 22, 2011 $100,000
Senior/Lead Programmer Analyst Alliancebernstein L.P. May 11, 2012 $100,000 -
$120,000
Peoplesoft Senior Lead Analyst Iworks Corporation Dec 30, 2011 $100,000
Senior Analyst Technical Lead Caremark, LLC Nov 01, 2011 $99,601
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation D/B/A Centurylink QC Jul 28, 2016 $95,014
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation Jan 20, 2016 $95,014
Senior Lead Analyst Qwest Corporation Jan 19, 2016 $95,014
Lead Decision Science Senior Analyst Barclays Bank PLC Sep 10, 2014 $95,000 -
$138,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Lead Analyst

  1. Test Cases
  2. Data Warehouse
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed Test Cases and Test Steps for the CW, Implementing structured QA & Test procedures and executing test plans.
  • Established a comprehensive data warehouse infrastructure that enabled actionable business insight to be more accurate and objective.
  • Supported the NOLSC OIS-W project using Oracle Forms and Reports and PL/SQL, with both TOAD and PL/SQL Developer.
  • Converted complex business requirements into transformation language and functions.
  • Learned much about embedded systems on Unix/Linux, cloud computing, as well as programming on small devices such as SheevaPlugs.

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Senior Lead Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

65.0%

Female

31.1%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Asian

14.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.6%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

20.0%

Persian

10.0%

Arabic

10.0%

Chinese

5.0%

German

5.0%

Japanese

5.0%

Dari

5.0%

Hindi

5.0%

Carrier

5.0%

Italian

5.0%
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Senior Lead Analyst Education

Schools

American University

11.3%

Strayer University

9.4%

University of Houston

7.5%

University of Washington

5.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

Towson University

5.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

5.7%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.8%

University of San Francisco

3.8%

Saint Joseph's University

3.8%

Illinois State University

3.8%

Florida International University

3.8%

Western Governors University

3.8%

Franklin University

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Excelsior College

3.8%

American Public University System

3.8%

Defense Language Institute

3.8%

Argosy University-Phoenix

3.8%
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Majors

Business

27.6%

Computer Science

12.4%

Finance

10.8%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management

4.9%

Accounting

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Economics

3.2%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Marketing

2.7%

Computer Networking

2.7%

Communication

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Mathematics

2.2%

International Relations

2.2%

Intelligence Operations

1.6%

Public Administration

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

35.6%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

6.9%

Diploma

2.3%

High School Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.4%
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