Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary

Median pay for Business Intelligence Developers in the United States is around $77K annually. Total cash compensation for Business Intelligence Developers runs from $52K to $114K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Business Intelligence Developers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,777 - $103,884
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$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,319
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$20.04 - $71.47
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,777 - $103,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,278  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $8,778  
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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$52,182 - $114,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,795
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Hourly Rate
$20.04 - $71.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,278  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $8,778  
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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$52,182 - $114,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 258
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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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Business Intelligence Developers often transition into Business Intelligence Architect positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Business Intelligence Architects earn $111K per year. Business Intelligence Consultants or Business Intelligence Managers are common next-step roles for Business Intelligence Developers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Business Intelligence Consultants is $4K higher on average, and it's $24K higher for Business Intelligence Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Business Intelligence Developers flock to Hewlett-Packard Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $101K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Business Intelligence Developers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Data Warehouse, ETL, and PL/SQL 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 skilled in Business Intelligence are similarly competent in 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $70K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $88K. Business Intelligence Developers see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Business Intelligence Developers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Business Intelligence Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Business Intelligence Developers in Austin make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Erie and Phoenix (22 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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PL/SQL
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Business Intelligence
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Oracle
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Transact-SQL
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BusinessObjects
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National Average
$80,000

SQL
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 336 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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