Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salary

Salaries for Business Intelligence Architects in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Total cash compensation to Business Intelligence Architects bottoms out near $74K and approaches $151K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Business Intelligence Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Business Intelligence Architects (87 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$72,111 - $136,047
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$72K
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MEDIAN: $104,749
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$40.19 - $97.87
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$98
MEDIAN: $69.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,111 - $136,047  
   
Bonus
$1,661 - $19,887  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $15,205  
Total Pay (?
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$74,441 - $150,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 572
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$40.19 - $97.87  
   
Overtime
$28.18 - $101.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,661 - $19,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $15,205  
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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$74,441 - $150,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in BusinessObjects, Project Management, Data Modeling, and Cognos are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Tableau Software, SQL Server Reporting Services, and MicroStrategy. It is often found that people who know Business Intelligence are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server and Data Modeling. Skill sets containing Data Mining / Data Warehouse also tend to include Data Modeling and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence (BI) Architect

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


Business Intelligence Architects who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $81K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $106K. Business Intelligence Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $121K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,659

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

Business Intelligence Architects earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. In Austin, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Salt Lake City (10 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries




Cognos
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Business Intelligence
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Data Warehouse
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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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SQL
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National Average
$112,000

Microsoft SQL Server
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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MicroStrategy
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SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
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Tableau Software
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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