Budget Analysts

Julie Costello

What Budget Analysts Do

  • Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances. They prepare budget reports and monitor institutional spending.
  • Work with program and project managers to develop the organization's budget
  • Monitor organizational spending to ensure that it is within budget
  • Inform program managers of the status and availability of funds.
  • Estimate future financial needs

How to Become a Budget Analyst

Budget analysts typically must have a bachelor’s degree, although some employers prefer candidates with a master’s degree.

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Average Salary

Median Pay for Budget Analysts in the U.s. as of 2014 was: $55,860

Work Environment

Federal government, excluding postal service20%

Educational services; state, local, and private14

State government, excluding education and hospitals12


Professional, scientific, and technical services10