Business Intelligence Director Salary

Business Intelligence Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $125K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings of Business Intelligence Directors stretch from $100K near the bottom to $176K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Business Intelligence Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Business Intelligence Directors survey respondents are men (71 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$94,688 - $155,585

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$94,688 - $155,585  
$2,931 - $30,407  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $30,304  
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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).
$99,853 - $175,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 317
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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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Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Big Data Analytics, Business Strategy, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 18 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, Project Management, and Data Modeling. Experience with Business Intelligence is often linked with knowledge of Data Warehouse.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence Director

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

For Business Intelligence Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $117K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $143K in this role. 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 $150K.

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Business Intelligence Director Salaries

Big Data Analytics
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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


29 %
71 %

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%