Compensation for Business Intelligence Architects in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($106K). Total cash compensation to Business Intelligence Architects approaches anywhere from $80K on the lower end to $152K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $23K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Business Intelligence Architects (85 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction for Business Intelligence Architects is high.

$78,556 - $140,165
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MEDIAN: $106,270
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,556 - $140,165  
   
Bonus
$1,994 - $19,928  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $22,510  
Total Pay (?
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$80,303 - $152,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$33.99 - $90.58  
   
Overtime
$63.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,994 - $19,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $22,510  
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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$80,303 - $152,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, BusinessObjects, Project Management, and Cognos are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Tableau Software, ETL, and SQL Server Reporting Services. For most people, competency in Business Intelligence indicates knowledge of 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $88K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $112K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $122K in this role. Business Intelligence Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $124K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,788

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

For Business Intelligence Architects, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Business Intelligence Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+18 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Business Intelligence Architect's salary, with Austin Business Intelligence Architects earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Salt Lake City and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries



National Average
$114,000



Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Architect Salaries

Data Modeling
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BusinessObjects
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Project Management
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Business Intelligence
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Data Warehouse
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Cognos
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National Average
$114,000


SQL
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Tableau Software
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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