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 $128K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $31K each, total incomes of Business Intelligence Directors generally range from $101K to $179K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Business Intelligence Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Business Intelligence Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Data Modeling, Data Mining / Data Warehouse, and Microsoft SQL Server. The majority of those who know Business Intelligence also 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Business Intelligence Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $113K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. For Business Intelligence Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $146K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $148K.

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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%