Business Intelligence Director Salary

Business Intelligence Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $128K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings of Business Intelligence Directors can occasionally include $31K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $101K to almost $179K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Business Intelligence Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$96,421 - $158,546
MEDIAN: $127,526

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$96,421 - $158,546  
$3,064 - $30,688  
Profit Sharing
$2,936 - $30,067  
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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).
$100,951 - $179,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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Job Description for Business Intelligence Director

Business intelligence directors are responsible for leading design and development activities related to enterprise data warehouses solutions for their organization. They are in charge of providing leadership for other business intelligence developers, architects, and professionals. They participate in business meetings to suggest changes and ideas for intelligence processes. They mentor junior staff and assist with training sessions as well. One of the director's main responsibilities include designing appropriate delivery systems based on project requirements. They use a personal computer to analyze business intelligence information and implement solutions.


Business Intelligence Director Tasks

  • Lead, schedule, and troubleshoot technical implementations, from data definitions to models to end user reporting.
  • Build, mentor, and guide business intelligence team to provide BI technical solutions as well as actionable information.
  • Define specifications for both ad-hoc reporting and data quality projects.
  • Partner with senior management to understand and deliver performance insights and key analytics solutions.
  • Advocate for data-driven decisions, strong data governance, and other initiatives.

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Popular Skills for Business Intelligence Director

Business Intelligence Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Big Data Analytics, Business Strategy, People Management, and Data Warehouse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Modeling, Data Mining / Data Warehouse, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with Business Intelligence also tend to know Data Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Business Intelligence Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Six-figure salaries are not unusual for those just entering the occupation — survey respondents with less than five years' experience under their belts report receiving an average of $113K per year. Business Intelligence Directors see a median salary of $146K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Business Intelligence Directors 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 $148K on average.

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Business Intelligence Director Salaries

Big Data Analytics
up arrow 11%

Business Strategy
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Data Warehouse
up arrow 2%

Business Intelligence

Database Management & Reporting

National Average

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Business Analysis
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Data Mining / Data Warehouse
up arrow 12%

Data Modeling
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.


26 %
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 4%