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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 ($125K). With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $31K each, total incomes of Business Intelligence Directors generally range from $99K to $177K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Business Intelligence Directors report 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$94,095 - $155,288
MEDIAN: $124,924

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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.
$94,095 - $155,288  
$2,980 - $30,779  
Profit Sharing
$2,043 - $30,201  
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).
$99,106 - $176,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319

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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 7 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. The majority of those who know Business Intelligence also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $116K. Business Intelligence Directors see a median salary of $142K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Business Intelligence Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $150K.

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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

Data Analysis
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Business Strategy
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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 53 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%