Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary

The average Business Intelligence Developer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $77K annually. Overall cash earnings for Business Intelligence Developers stretch from $53K on the lower end to $114K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Business Intelligence Developers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Business Intelligence Developers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$52,144 - $104,602
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$52K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $77,212
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$19.94 - $70.03
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,144 - $104,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,302  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $8,027  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$52,645 - $113,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,135
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Hourly Rate
$19.94 - $70.03  
   
Overtime
$0.39 - $61.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,302  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$414.59 - $8,027  
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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$52,645 - $113,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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 $110K per year. Business Intelligence Developers most often move into positions as Business Intelligence Consultants or Business Intelligence Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $24K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


General Motors Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company, Accenture, Epic Systems, Corporation, and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Business Intelligence Developers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Hewlett-Packard Company offers the most; Business Intelligence Developers earn $102K on average there.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Data Warehouse, ETL, Data Modeling, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and SQL. It is often found that people who know Business Intelligence are also skilled 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $70K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $89K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Business Intelligence Developers see a median salary of $95K after reaching one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Business Intelligence Developers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $79,777

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Business Intelligence Developers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Business Intelligence Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Business Intelligence Developers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (18 percent lower) and Phoenix (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salaries




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Business Intelligence
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Transact-SQL
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SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
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$80,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 368 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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