Business Intelligence Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Business Intelligence Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $126K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $31K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $100K and hits $178K on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Business Intelligence Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Business Intelligence Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$95,151 - $156,668
MEDIAN: $126,000

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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.
$95,151 - $156,668  
$2,959 - $31,009  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $30,100  
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).
$100,094 - $178,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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 seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 22 percent, 12 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Project Management, and Data Modeling. It is not unusual for someone who knows Business Intelligence to be familiar with 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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $117K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Business Intelligence Directors see a median salary of $145K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $151K.

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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

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 54 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%