What does a Principal Analyst do?

Analysts research, analyze and report on different trends. Using either publicly available or collected data, analysts attempt to draw insights that can be used to create actionable strategies in different industries. Analysts may be called to be flexible and work across various industries, with different types of datasets, and may be required to spend a significant amount of time creating and delivering reports.

Analysts require a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, business, marketing, computer science, or related fields. A Master's degree in business administration (MBA), marketing, mathematics, computer science or related fields may be preferred. Analysts benefit from having distinct communication and research skills. This role also requires individuals who are detail-oriented and self-motivated.

What responsibilities are common for Principal Analyst jobs?
  • Perform industry research using publically available data sources
  • Requisition and purchase private data sources to provide research and analysis
  • Use data mining tools to collect data for further research and analysis
  • Work collaboratively with programmers to create tools to collect and analyze data
  • Manipulate data using data analysis tools to discover insights
  • Generate and deliver reports from data analysis
  • Offer suggestions and direction from analysis to help guide organization decision-makers
  • Collaborate with different teams and departments to provide expertise and insight
What are the typical qualifications for Principal Analyst jobs?
  • Master's degree in business administration (MBA), marketing, computer science, mathematics or other related field may be preferred
  • 1-5 years of experience in marketing or related fields
  • Working knowledge of data analysis and visualization tools, such as Microsoft PowerBI and Tableau
  • Functional experience with database and spreadsheet software, such as MySQL and Excel
  • Experience performing various forms of online research
  • Currently knowledge of or ability to quickly learn data mining tools and techniques
  • Significant attention to detail and an ability to quickly spot and fix problems
  • Experience working in a team setting and desire to take leadership roles within a team
  • Detail-oriented and a strict attention and appreciation for deadlines
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Principal Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$88,274 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$62K
Median: $88K
$127K
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Principal Analyst Career Path

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Principal Analyst
$88,274/yr
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Average Years of Experience

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2 - 4
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40%
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22%
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Principal Analyst Insights

Read what Principal Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Delta Air LinesDelta Air Lines
Analyst
Feb 4, 2021

“Everyone I have met from Delta while I have worked there have been incredibly nice and intelligent.”

GlobalLogicGlobalLogic
Analyst
Sept 3, 2020

“3. I was in Travels project and manager and QA was so good and helpful.”

American ExpressAmerican Express
Lead Analyst
Apr 7, 2021

“It's one of the best place to work with very good and friendly environment.”

Universal Health Services, Inc.Universal Health Services, Inc.
Analyst
Jan 5, 2022

“Initial pay is okay but fight tooth and nail to get any decent pay raise.”

BAE Systems USABAE Systems USA
GEOINT Analyst
Mar 5, 2021

“My manager is approachable and helpful and I have not had issues working with this company.”

Anglo AmericanAnglo American
Analyst
Mar 8, 2022

“Spoon feeding is very common which is good for new joiner but not for existing staffs”

Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs
Analyst
Jan 27, 2022

“You get to work with smart people and it's great to connect with global folks”

DeloitteDeloitte
Analyst
Jan 9, 2021

“This is a great job for new college grads and I learned a lot so far!”

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Principal Analyst Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of analysts

Analysts are the planners behind the action. During the typical day of an analyst, they gather data from many sources and search for patterns or trends that others may not see. Then, analysts use the information and trends to create strategies for their clients. As strategies are implemented, analysts study the effects of the strategies and determine how they can be improved or modified.

Yes, analytics is a promising and stable career in which you can expect to earn reasonably high salaries. Analysts are an asset to companies operating in many fields. Different types of analysts include data analysts, stock analysts, and business analysts.

The average salary for analysts is approximately $88,274 per year. In some cases, the highest-paid analysts can earn salaries in excess of $126,534 annually. Analysts' earning potential increases in accordance with their experience and the breadth of their skill sets.

Working as an analyst involves communication. A difficult aspect of being an analyst is conveying the results of detailed analyses to clients or superiors who don't understand the minutiae of the process. Research specifications can change mid-process, which can add to your workload. Still, flexible individuals with strong interpersonal skills can overcome these difficulties.

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