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Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary

Business Intelligence Developers in the United States pull down an average of $77K per year. In the world of Business Intelligence Developers, total cash compensation can vary between $52K and $114K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $9K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Business Intelligence Developers survey respondents are men (76 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Business Intelligence Developers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,047 - $103,715
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$51K
$77K
$100K
MEDIAN: $76,906
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$19.95 - $71.33
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,047 - $103,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$51,522 - $114,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,694
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Hourly Rate
$19.95 - $71.33  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$51,522 - $114,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


With a median salary of $63K, General Motors Corporation provides Business Intelligence Developers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $84K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Survey results imply that Business Intelligence Developers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Data Warehouse, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crystal Reports, Database Management & Reporting, and SQL. Those educated in Business Intelligence tend to be well versed 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.


For Business Intelligence Developers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. For Business Intelligence Developers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $97K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Business Intelligence Developers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Business Intelligence Developers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+24 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Business Intelligence Developers in Erie 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. Austin and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 6 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



Microsoft SQL Server
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ETL (Extract, transform, load)
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Oracle
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Transact-SQL
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Business Intelligence
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MicroStrategy
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PL/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 345 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%