Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary

Business Intelligence Developers in the United States can expect wages of $77K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Business Intelligence Developers can bottom out near $52K or peak near $114K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Business Intelligence Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,678 - $104,008
(Median)
$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,471
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$19.99 - $71.10
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$20
$44
$71
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,678 - $104,008  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $8,844  
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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$52,049 - $114,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,780
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Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $71.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $8,844  
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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$52,049 - $114,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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Job Description for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer

Business intelligence developers must be data experts, as they work primarily with databases and different types of software. Often abbreviated as BI developer, this job involves developing and fine tuning IT solutions. That can include anything from coding to testing to debugging to designing to implementing newly developed tools. A BI developer spends a lot of time researching and planning solutions for existing problems within the company. BI developers also are responsible for building OLAP, or online analytical processing. They also work with databases, both relational and multidimensional. BI developers are often responsible for managing others in the IT department or in the company.

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Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Tasks

  • Create technical documents to document Oracle or other database contents, concepts, and mapping between databases.
  • Participate in the design, development, and analysis of data architecture and warehousing approaches.
  • Create business intelligence tools and reports, such as physical data models and dimensional analyses.
  • Design, code, test, and aggregate results from SQL queries to provide information to users.

Common Career Paths for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


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Advancing into a Business Intelligence Architect role seems to be a popular career move for Business Intelligence Developers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $111K per year. When Business Intelligence Developers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Business Intelligence Consultants or Business Intelligence Managers. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $23K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Hewlett-Packard Company offers the most; Business Intelligence Developers earn $101K on average there.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Business Intelligence Developers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Data Warehouse, ETL, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Crystal Reports, and Database Management & Reporting. Most people experienced in Business Intelligence also know Microsoft SQL Server and Data Warehouse.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Business Intelligence Developers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $70K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $88K. Business Intelligence Developers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. 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 $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Business Intelligence Developers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Business Intelligence Developers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Business Intelligence Developers in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Erie (22 percent less) and Phoenix (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries



ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Business Intelligence
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Microsoft SQL Server
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PL/SQL
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Oracle
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Transact-SQL
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Cognos
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National Average
$80,000

BusinessObjects
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SQL
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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