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Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salary

Business Intelligence Architects receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $105K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Business Intelligence Architects — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $76K to approximately $150K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Business Intelligence Architects. The vast majority of Business Intelligence Architects (88 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,359 - $135,607
(Median)
$73K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $104,737
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$39.15 - $85.57
(Median)
$39
$67
$86
MEDIAN: $67.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$73,359 - $135,607  
   
Bonus
$1,945 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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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$75,800 - $150,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 493
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$39.15 - $85.57  
   
Overtime
$28.18 - $101.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,945 - $19,574  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $14,795  
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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$75,800 - $150,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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

  • 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.
  • Collaborate and work with end users to ensure that data and reports meet their business needs.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect


Business Intelligence Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SQL Server Reporting Services, Project Management, Data Warehouse, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include MicroStrategy. Most people who know Data Mining / Data Warehouse also know Data Modeling and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in Business Intelligence tend to be well versed in Microsoft SQL Server and Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Business Intelligence Architects, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $82K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $105K. For Business Intelligence Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $119K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $127K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Business Intelligence Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Business Intelligence Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+22 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (11 percent lower) and Charlotte (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries



National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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Cognos
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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SQL
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National Average
$111,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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MicroStrategy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%
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