Business Intelligence Director Salary

Business Intelligence Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $125K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall cash earnings of Business Intelligence Directors stretch from $99K near the bottom to $178K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $31K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. For the most part, Business Intelligence Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$94,583 - $157,584
MEDIAN: $125,439

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$94,583 - $157,584  
$2,936 - $30,614  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $30,339  
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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).
$99,204 - $177,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 331
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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

Survey takers working as Business Intelligence Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Big Data Analytics, Business Strategy, Data Analysis, and Data Warehouse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, Data Modeling, and Data Mining / Data Warehouse. Most people skilled in Business Intelligence are similarly competent in Data Analysis and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $114K on average. For Business Intelligence Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $145K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $148K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect 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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Database Management & Reporting
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Business Intelligence
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People Management

National Average

Project Management
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Business Analysis
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Data Mining / Data Warehouse
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Data Modeling
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.


28 %
72 %

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: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 4%