Business Intelligence Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($126K) annually in the United States. In the world of Business Intelligence Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $28K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $98K and $174K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Business Intelligence Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$93,267 - $158,399
MEDIAN: $126,302

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$93,267 - $158,399  
$4,146 - $29,690  
Profit Sharing
$1,250 - $27,500  
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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).
$97,900 - $174,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 262

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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

  • 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.
  • Define specifications for both ad-hoc reporting and data quality projects.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Business Intelligence Director

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Big Data Analytics, Data Warehouse, Business Strategy, and Business Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Business Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Tableau Software and Data Modeling also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Business Intelligence are similarly competent in 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 Business Intelligence Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $105K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. Business Intelligence Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $145K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,672

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Business Intelligence Directors, 20 percent higher than the national average. Business Intelligence Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Business Intelligence Directors in Chicago report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 35 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Philadelphia and Tampa also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Business Intelligence Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Business Intelligence Director Salaries

Business Intelligence
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Business Strategy
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People Management
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Database Management & Reporting
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Data Analysis
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Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Data Modeling
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Tableau Software
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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


21 %
79 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 5%