How Much Do Data Analysts Make? 2021 Salary Guide

Written by Coursera • Updated on Jun 24, 2021

Learn how much you can expect to make as a data analyst, with tips to boost your salary.

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Data analysts use mathematical and analytical methods to transform data into better data-driven business decisions. As the amount of data available to businesses increases, so too does the demand for skilled data analysts to process and interpret it. Data analysts are typically paid well for their skills.

In this article, you’ll learn how much data analysts earn on average, as well as how various factors, like experience, industry, location, and job title, can impact your data analyst salary. If you’re interested in starting or advancing your career as a data analyst, we’ll also talk about some ways you may be able to boost your earning potential.

What is an average data analyst salary?

The average base pay for a data analyst in the United States in June 2021 is $68,583, according to job listing site Glassdoor [1]. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median annual salary of $86,200 [2], while human resources consulting firm Robert Half lists a midpoint salary for a data analyst at $103,250 [3]. While this range varies, each of these salary figures is significantly higher than the mean annual salary across all occupations in the United States, $56,310 [4].

Several factors can influence how much your salary will be as a data analyst. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these considerations.

Data analyst salaries by experience

One of the biggest factors that can influence your salary is your level of experience. In general, the more years you spend working as a data analyst, the more you can expect to earn. According to Glassdoor, four to six years of experience can translate into $2,500 more per year in base salary, while seven to nine years might mean earning $5,800 more each year [1].

Moving into a leadership role can further boost your earning potential. Glassdoor reports that analytics managers earn an average salary of $119,526 in the US, while directors of analytics earn $150,558 [5, 6].

Data analyst salaries by industry

Just about every industry can use data analytics to drive better business decisions. But the industry you choose to work in can have an impact on your pay. The industries where demand for data professionals is highest tend to be the same industries that pay the most on average. 

Finance and insurance, professional, scientific, and technical services, information technology, management, and manufacturing represent more than three quarters of data job openings, according to The Quant Crunch, an IBM report on the demand for data science skills [7].

Data analyst salaries by location

Where you live can also have a big impact on how much you can make as a data analyst. Typically, working in a big city like San Francisco, New York, Boston, or Washington, DC correlates to a higher salary (as well as a higher cost of living). As more and more companies employ a geographically dispersed workforce (including remote workers), it’s common for companies to offer location-based salaries—salaries that take into account location rather than merit alone.

Salaries for other data professionals

Getting a job as a data analyst might be the first step in your data career. As you gain experience and new data science skills, you might move into a more advanced or specialized position. Here are a few of them, along with their average US salaries according to Glassdoor. 

Read more about where your career in data analytics might take you.

Job outlook for data analysts

As big data keeps getting bigger, so too does the need for skilled data analysts who can transform information into actionable insights for companies. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that data analyst jobs will grow 25 percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations [1].

This is likely fueled by the fact that more and more companies are adopting big data analytics. More than 80 percent of companies surveyed in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2020 report said they’d be using big data by 2025. In the same report, data analysts and scientists appeared at the top of the list of jobs with increasing demand across industries [8].

How to increase your data analyst salary

Now that you know some of the factors that can influence your salary as a data analyst, let’s take a look at a few ways you might be able to boost your salary, even for an entry-level data analyst position. 

1. Learn new data analytics skills.

Data analytics is a skill-heavy field, and companies are often willing to pay for the right skills. Payscale.com, a job listing site, reports that the following five skills are associated with the biggest salary bumps:

Looking at job listings for companies you’d like to work for can give you a better idea of the skills they’re hiring for. If a skill is listed toward the top of a job listing or mentioned multiple times, there’s a good chance it’s a priority for the company. When you go to apply, be sure to include that particular skill from your skill set in your resume, as well as in your cover letter. 

2. Earn a certification or an advanced degree.

While it’s not always necessary to have a degree to get a job as a data analyst, a bachelor’s degree is the most common entry-level education. Furthering your education with a master’s degree or certification could also elevate your earning potential (and your job prospects). Data analysts with a master’s degree in data analytics or other computer science-related fields could earn some $15,000 more than those with just a bachelor’s. 

Certifications and professional certificates can validate your skills to employers for a fraction of the cost of a degree. Certifications generally fall into one of two categories, general certifications in data analytics or databases and vendor-specific certifications in technology like Microsoft Azure or SAS.

Before pursuing a certification, be sure to look at job posts you may want to apply for to see what’s required or suggested.

Read more: 5 SQL Certifications for Your Data Career in 2021

3. Negotiate your job offer.

Nearly one in three employees accepted the salary for their most recent job without negotiating, according to a survey by Glassdoor [9]. Another way to potentially increase your salary is to ask if the amount offered is open to negotiation. 

As you apply for jobs, research what others are earning as data analysts, as well as what cash compensation you might expect based on your location, experience, and available job listings. Many job listing sites offer calculators to help you come up with an estimate. When you know your worth (and a realistic salary range), you can better negotiate once you’re offered a job. 

For more tips on how to negotiate your salary, check out this post on the Coursera blog.

Next steps

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Written by Coursera • Updated on Jun 24, 2021

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