Power BI Developer Salary: 4 Important Things to Know

Power BI, Microsoft’s business-analytics platform, is intended to allow employees to quickly spin up the visualizations and business-intelligence insights they need to do their jobs. It competes with Tableau and other types of business-intelligence software for corporate business; if you’re interested in any kind of data analytics or business intelligence job, it pays to become familiar with all these offerings.

Choosing to devote significant time and resources to learning Power BI could prove a good long-term career move, as many businesses have opted to implement the software for their business-intelligence needs. While no data analytics or business intelligence job will solely rely on Microsoft’s platform, it’s clear that knowing the platform can help you land jobs and earn a significant salary.

What is a Power BI developer’s starting salary?

While the actual job title may vary from company to company, a “Power BI developer” (or “Power BI specialist,” etc.) is generally charged with developing and maintaining a company’s Microsoft Power BI dashboards, visualizations, and reporting. 

According to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, the median salary for specialists in the software with zero to two years of experience is generally around $68,000. However, that salary rises rapidly with one’s degree of specialization and experience; for example, those who’ve worked extensively with the platform since its launch as Excel add-ons in 2013 can pull down as much as $113,000 per year in median salary. 

What is a Power BI developer’s average salary?  

The median salary for a Power BI developer is $86,000. 

How long does it take to learn Power BI?

Since Power BI is a Microsoft product, the company offers extensive documentation and a learning portal on its site. If you have a background in data analytics and/or data science, and you’re already trained in tools such as Tableau, you might be able to pick up the software pretty quickly. Each of Microsoft’s learning paths and modules can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours to finish, depending on their complexity. 

As you might expect, employers asking for Power BI experience often want you to possess a number of other skills related to data analytics, including knowledge of SQL, the aforementioned Tableau, data analysis, Python (which is a rapidly rising programming language within data analytics), data warehousing and visualization, and SQL Server. These can all take quite some time to learn, but they’re all skills you’ll find intensely useful throughout your career

For those more advanced in their career, learning project management skills is often a must, as you may find yourself in charge of an analytics team and/or managing larger data projects. A key part of project management skills is the ability to communicate key findings to stakeholders throughout your organization, including senior management. 

Is Power BI development a dying career?  

The following chart, generated from Burning Glass data, shows which kinds of technologist jobs request Power BI skills; as you might expect, a higher percentage of data analysts, business intelligence analysts, and business intelligence architects/developers require knowledge of the platform: 

You can also see that Burning Glass expects these jobs to grow at a pretty healthy clip over the next decade. That means, presumably, that the need for Power BI skills will grow in parallel. (Overall, Burning Glass expects demand for the software to grow roughly 34 percent over the next decade.)

In other words, Power BI specialist is not a dying career. As more and more businesses recognize the need for data analytics, its usage may well increase rapidly. 

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