Which Has a Higher Salary, Business Analyst or Software Developer?

I am a new college graduate. Which career has a higher salary, business analysis or computer programming?

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4 Responses to "Which Has a Higher Salary, Business Analyst or Software Developer?"

  1. Cribber   December 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Developer. But very hard to get an entry level position as a developer

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  2. volstommy3000   December 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    It doesn’t matter because the more you make the more Obama will tax you. Your best bet is to do nothing get on welfare and live off of rich peoples tax money. Look the American dream is shot don’t try to own your own business.

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  3. Rnd   December 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    What kind of developer and what skill level? Some aren’t that well paid at all.

    Overall, given a medium to high skill level in development it’s been my experience that devs are paid more.

    However you do realize that the two use entirely different skill sets, right? There is some cross over, but by and large the focus is entirely different. As a developer you’re concerned about implementation and maintenance of code. As a BA, your concern is twofold: it’s bridging the communication gap between development and Product Management/Marketing and negotiating compromises between the two all the while focusing on the needs and priorities of the users.

    As a developer you’ll have little contact with users or even others outside of your department on a professional basis (obviously you will be talking to other people in the company around the water cooler and such, but you will be mostly interacting with other developers). As a BA you will spend a lot of your time in meetings with PMs, Devs, and users. You will also be spending a lot of time writing documents like use cases, storyboards, etc; not code.

    Certainly money is important, but if you hate the idea of one or the other of these daily tasks and priorities it may not be worth all the money in the world to have to do it day in and day out.

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  4. BAinCT   December 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I’m not sure for starting salaries, but I know I worked as a Developer for 6 years before switching jobs to become a BA. I now work as a BA for a Consulting firm. The owner of the firm told me he would pay more for a good BA than he would for a developer. It is highly desireable for a BA to have a technical (development/programming) background.

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