Business Intelligence Director Salary

Business Intelligence Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $126K) surpassing six figures annually. The range in cash compensation to Business Intelligence Directors ($100K to $178K) includes potential earnings of $31K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Business Intelligence Directors survey respondents are men (72 percent). Job satisfaction for Business Intelligence Directors is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$95,641 - $156,323
MEDIAN: $125,852

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National Salary 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.
$95,641 - $156,323  
$2,988 - $31,058  
Profit Sharing
$2,980 - $30,201  
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).
$100,121 - $177,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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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Business Intelligence Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Data Analysis, Data Warehouse, and Database Management & Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, Project Management, and Data Modeling. Those with knowledge of Business Intelligence tend to be skilled in Data Warehouse as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence Director

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $117K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Business Intelligence Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $144K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $152K.

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Business Intelligence Director Salaries

Business Strategy
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Data Analysis
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Data Warehouse
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Business Intelligence
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Database Management & Reporting
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National Average

Business Analysis
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Data Modeling
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Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


28 %
72 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 4%