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Business Intelligence (BI) Developer Salary

Average Business Intelligence Developers in the United States make around $77K annually. Total cash earnings of Business Intelligence Developers range from $52K on the low end to $114K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $9K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Male Business Intelligence Developers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Business Intelligence Developers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,353 - $103,839
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MEDIAN: $77,182
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,353 - $103,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,219  
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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$51,917 - $114,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,729
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Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $70.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,219  
   
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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$51,917 - $114,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233

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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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While not commonly seen, Business Intelligence Developers who transition into a Business Intelligence Architect position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Business Intelligence Architects is $111K per year.

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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 $99K on average there.

Popular Skills for Business Intelligence (BI) Developer


Business Intelligence Developers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Modeling, Data Warehouse, Oracle, and ETL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crystal Reports, Database Management & Reporting, 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.


For Business Intelligence Developers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $87K. Business Intelligence Developers bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. Business Intelligence Developers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $97K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Business Intelligence Developers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Business Intelligence Developers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Seattle (+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. Below-median salaries also turn up in Erie and Phoenix (22 percent lower and 1 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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Oracle
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Transact-SQL
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$80,000

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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
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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