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TDWI Research Releases Key Salary and Bonus Trends for Data Professionals in 2017 Report

Report reveals salaries and job satisfaction on the rise for the previous year, yet widening gender gap persists. Growth for women working in the data industry comes to a halt, while men’s salaries reached a new high according to long-running survey.

SEATTLE, WA, April XX, 2017—TDWI, the leading resource for in-depth education and research on all things data, recently released results from the 2017 TDWI Salary, Roles, and Responsibilities Report. This annual report captures key information from the people and teams who built and maintained business intelligence (BI), analytics, and data management solutions during the previous calendar year. This year’s report is based on responses from 680 qualified data management, business intelligence, and analytics professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada, collected in the fall of 2016.

TDWI’s Salary, Roles, and Responsibilities Report tracks average salary and bonus trends for the last five years and include breakdowns of salary by role, region, industry, company revenue, company size, and gender. The report details the top 10 job titles including average age, education, job satisfaction, salary and bonus, certification, background, and other defining characteristics.

Highlights from the TDWI 2017 Salary Report:

  • The gender gap widened in 2016, as men’s pay outpaced women’s by $12,939 — substantially higher than 2015’s margin of $6,147.
  • Average bonuses awarded to female BI professionals rose only 4 percent, to $13,472, compared to the men’s average of $18,258. The disparity also increased between the numbers of men and women receiving bonuses, 71 percent of men to 66 percent of women.
  • Average salaries for full-time business intelligence (BI) professionals rebounded 4.3 percent in 2016, to $112,351 — setting a new record for the survey. The raise comes after a 2.1 percent decline the previous year.
  • After a period of relative stability, bonuses took a big leap in 2016. The average bonus reached a new high of $17,210 — almost 20 percent more than in 2015.
  • The median salary also made a pronounced jump of 6.8 percent from 2015, to $110,000.
  • Job satisfaction reached an all-time peak with 53 percent of respondents rating satisfaction in their current positions as “high” or “very high.”

Download the infographic detailing seven key compensation trends for those working in the data industry.

Full details are available in the TDWI Salary, Roles, and Responsibilities Report, which is available as a benefit to TDWI Premium Members. More information about premium membership is available at Members of the press may request a complimentary copy of the salary report by contacting [email protected].

Interviews with the TDWI Research Team

The research team is available for interviews regarding the findings and future trends derived from the report. To schedule an interview with Senior Director of Research and report author Philip Russom, or Vice President of Research Fern Halper, please contact [email protected]. Halper’s recent article regarding the gender wage gap as detailed in the salary report is available at:

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