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Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary (United States)

Earnings for Business Intelligence Developers in the United States typically come in at around $77K annually. In the world of Business Intelligence Developers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $114K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Business Intelligence Developers are men (77 percent). For the most part, Business Intelligence Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary (?
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$50,657 - $103,317
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Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary (?
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$19.98 - $71.10
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National Salary Data

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$50,657 - $103,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,187  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
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$50,955 - $114,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,414
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$19.98 - $71.10  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $61.40  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,187  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
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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$50,955 - $114,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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.

Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer

The biggest paychecks can be found at Hewlett-Packard Company — the median salary there is $99K. Employees at General Motors Corporation take home the smallest paychecks, and $62K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $55K and quickly nearing the top at only $73K. Also approaching the lower end is Hewlett-Packard Company.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer

Business Intelligence Developers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Oracle, ETL , and Transact-SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Database Management & Reporting, Crystal Reports, and SQL. Most people experienced in Business Intelligence also know SQL 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $68K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $88K. On average, Business Intelligence Developers make $93K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $98K. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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Business Intelligence Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Business Intelligence Developers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+27 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Business Intelligence Developers in Erie earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Austin (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
23%
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Male
77%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%