What does a Credit Analyst do?

Credit analysts assess the credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine any and all potential risk involved in extending credit or lending money to them. They prepare reports with credit information for use of informed decision-making by the financial institutions where they work.

Credit analysts compile the applicant’s financial records and information to make knowledgeable recommendations on whether to extend them credit. If they are preparing a portfolio recommendation to an individual investor, a credit analyst will take their past financial statements and credit history and combine the information with the current health of their lines of credit. Credit analysts also enter, update, and retrieve information for credit applications to determine the applicant's worthiness. They designate the risk involved when extending credit by performing cash flow analysis and ensure the approved applications are in compliance with firm and lender criteria and regulations. They keep abreast of financial news and trends and ensure they are up-to-date on due diligence to ensure quality. Credit analysts need a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related subject.

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EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Credit Analyst Salaries

Average Base Pay

$76,466 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$60K
Median: $76K
$94K
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Credit Analyst Career Path

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Credit Analyst Insights

Read what Credit Analyst professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Exeter FinanceExeter Finance
Credit Analyst
13 Mar 2021

“Great place to work job was amazing I enjoyed going to work every day Pay was great too”

TransfixTransfix
Senior Credit and Collections Analyst
20 Aug 2020

“Great IT support so your laptop and software needed to get your job done was always reliable.”

Bank of AmericaBank of America
Commercial Credit Analyst
18 Jun 2019

“I got great work experience and credit training as my first job out of college.”

HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Credit Analyst
8 Feb 2020

“If you have not had an office job before then this is a good learning experience.”

NewDay USANewDay USA
Credit Analyst
11 Aug 2021

“NewDay has a terrific training program which will set you up for the next step in your career.”

TDTD
Credit Analyst
20 Jun 2019

“Compensation is good and compatible”

OroraOrora
Credit Analyst
10 May 2019

“I recommend you don't waste your time unless you just want a small easy pay check with a dead end job.”

Robert HalfRobert Half
Credit Analyst
28 Feb 2021

“People are really nice and kind.”

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