A human resources information system analyst, also called a human resources management system analyst, maintains the software for a human resources department. This computer professional designs programs, makes changes to existing programs to better fit company needs, and resolves problems. The programs have functions such as matching job applicants with available positions and keeping track of employee benefits and payroll deductions. HRIS analysts have the potential to earn high incomes.
The median annual salary for an HRIS analyst at entry level and with up to two years of experience is $48,499 as of May 2011, according to Salary.com. The middle 50 percent of HRIS analysts on the earnings scale have yearly salaries ranging from $42,425 to $55,887. The bottom 10 percent earn $36,895 per year and less, and the top 10 percent make $62,613 per year and more.
Salaries for HRIS analysts vary throughout the country. Entry-level HRIS analysts in Charlottesville, Virginia, for example, have a median annual salary of $44,259, while the median salary of those in Chicago is $51,458. Entry-level HRIS analysts in Iowa City, Iowa, have a median annual pay rate of $45,977; in Phoenix, Arizona, $48,063; in Houston, Texas, $48,111; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, $51,264; and in Oakland, California, $55,144. The top 25 percent of entry-level HRIS analysts in Oakland earn more than $63,000 per year, and the top 10 percent more than $71,000.
With experience, an HRIS analyst can expect to earn a substantially higher salary. HRIS analysts with two to five years of experience have a median annual salary of $57,764 as of May 2011, and those with four to eight years of experience earn $75,161 on average, finds Salary.com. An HRIS analyst with eight or more years of experience, or an HRIS analyst IV, has a median annual pay rate of $86,951. The middle 50 percent of these analysts earn $76,310 to $96,844 per year. Only the bottom 10 percent have salaries below $66,000 per year, and the top 10 percent earn more than $105,000 per year.
General Computer Information Systems Salaries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide salary information for HRIS analysts in particular, but identifies the occupation as an emerging specialty in human resources. The bureau shows the median salary for all computer systems analysts at $77,080 as of May 2009, with the bottom 10 percent earning $47,130 per year and below, and the top 10 percent earning $119,170 per year and higher.