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Business Intelligence Director Salary

Average pay for Business Intelligence Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($137K). Incomes of Business Intelligence Directors vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $30K cause paychecks to spread between $101K on the low end and $180K on the high end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Business Intelligence Directors 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. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$96,316 - $158,821
MEDIAN: $125,343

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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.
$96,316 - $158,821  
$2,946 - $30,274  
Profit Sharing
$1,825 - $30,304  
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).
$100,736 - $179,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 14 percent. Those listing Microsoft SQL Server as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Project Management and Data Mining / Data Warehouse also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Business Intelligence are also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Intelligence Director

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

Business Intelligence Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $118K. Business Intelligence Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $142K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Business Intelligence Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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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Database Management & Reporting
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Business Intelligence
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National Average

Business Analysis
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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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 54 votes.


27 %
73 %

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: 75% employee benefits None: 4%