Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salary

Average pay for a Business Intelligence Architect in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $106K per year. Total cash compensation to Business Intelligence Architects approaches anywhere from $79K on the lower end to $151K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Business Intelligence Architects are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$77,480 - $140,664
$77K
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MEDIAN: $105,557
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$33.66 - $97.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,480 - $140,664  
   
Bonus
$1,515 - $20,058  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$79,139 - $151,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$33.66 - $97.02  
   
Overtime
$61.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,515 - $20,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$79,139 - $151,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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Job Description for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect

Business intelligence (BI) architects are in charge of analyzing and implementing business intelligence for their organization. They are responsible for determining platforms and correct functioning for the central data warehouse. They process large amounts of information to draw conclusions based on their intelligence findings, interact with a variety of business professionals, and communicate critical project requirements within their organization. These architects also manage developers, directing their efforts to reach organizational goals in a timely manner. They utilize a personal computer with analytical tools to calculate business data and interpret results. They generally report their progress to the business intelligence director in their organization.

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Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Tasks

  • Maintain, support, and enhance the business intelligence data backend, including data warehouses.
  • Map configurations and complex data architectures, ensuring documentation meets current and forecasted needs.
  • Collaborate and work with end users to ensure that data and reports meet their business needs.
  • Lead and provide technical guidance for design and implementation of data storage and governance systems.
  • Design and monitor end-user reporting tools and systems, ensuring reports are accurate and up-to-date.

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Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Project Management, BusinessObjects, and Cognos are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include ETL, Tableau Software, and SQL Server Reporting Services. Those familiar with Business Intelligence also tend to know Data Modeling and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect

Pay by Experience for a Business Intelligence (BI) Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Business Intelligence (BI) Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 62 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Business Intelligence (BI) Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 140 salaries. An experienced Business Intelligence (BI) Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 209 salaries. A Business Intelligence (BI) Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,803

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Business Intelligence Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Business Intelligence Architects will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+20 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Workers in Portland and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries

▲9%

▲9%

National Average
$112,000

▼1%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries




Cognos
▼0%

National Average
$112,000




SQL
▼5%





Tableau Software
▼10%

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 7%
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