Report DeveloperJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Report developers compile massive amounts of data on an enterprise level to filter out unnecessary information and provide insight into business operations. Ultimately, these developers are using this information to provide staff with accurate and pertinent information needed to perform their tasks.

A report developer will formulate a strategy with departments to develop objectives and metrics needed. After doing that, they’ll create department-specific reports that help to improve workflow and efficiency, while removing the non-relevant data. By tailoring data reports, developers can help convey important trends previously unseen by departments.

Those capable with SQL and Oracle tend to be well suited for this position, along with excellent soft skills like communication to reach consensus with colleagues more quickly. Generally, those with an IT background, and especially data-driven positions, distinguish themselves as candidates. While a degree isn’t mandatory, it further increases a candidate’s employment prospects.

Sample job description #1

Primary accountabilities/responsibilities

  • Follow our software development practices and methodologies
  • Participate in scrum ceremonies, including Story Pointing, Sprint Planning, Sprint Reviews, and Sprint Retrospectives
  • Gather requirements and scope of data and reporting needs from internal clients
  • Gain understanding of the impact and importance of the underlying data and become an expert in its use
  • Translate requirements and develop software architectures and designs to bring them to life
  • Communicate effectively in a collaborative, complex and high performing team environment
  • Willingness to participate in all aspects of the software development life cycle
  • The list of responsibilities may not be all-inclusive and can be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as needed

Job requirements

  • Bachelor degree or higher from a reputed university in engineering, IT, economics, math, statistics, science, or other related fields in quantitative or analytical discipline
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in related business analyst or data/reporting analyst roles
  • Advanced knowledge in Power BI and data visualizations
  • SQL Server database development, including tables, stored procedures, and functions
  • Database Design. Excellent skill level in relational database required.
  • Proficient in DAX, M language, R, and Power Query
  • Experience with PowerBI Report Server and PowerBI Cloud Service
  • Experience in converting SSRS Reports to PowerBI
  • Experience in Row Level Security Implementation
  • Proficiency in dashboard and scorecard design and development
  • Knowledge of Data Mining, Clustering, and Statistical Modelling highly desired
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Visio
  • Proficient in MS Excel and MS Access (with macros and visual basic)
  • Excellent critical-thinking skills with the ability to research and analyze data retrieved from multiple sources
  • Must possess and demonstrate excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to build rapport, cultivate working relationships and drive collaboration across teams
  • Must be an adaptable self-starter and work with minimal supervision. Must be able to juggle multiple projects and organize time effectively
  • Superior documentation and organizational skills. Must be detail oriented
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in a dynamic environment
  • Must be willing to put in extra time and effort if need be. Go above and beyond the requirements of the job and strive to exceed expectations

Ideal candidate will have the following additional experience

  • Interest and ability to learn new technologies as required
  • Analyze and recommend development strategies, process improvements and standards
  • ETL and Data Management/Data Integration

Physical requirements/working conditions

  • Climate controlled office environment
  • Minimal physical requirements other than occasional light lifting of boxed materials
  • Dynamic, time-sensitive environment
  • Travel as required

Sample job description #2

About the report developer

The Report Developer will be responsible for working with internal corporate clients to build and automate reports and dashboards.

Location: Remote

What will you do?

  • Work with internal stakeholders to fully understand their business problem and design solutions to meet their needs
  • Design efficient data models and dashboards using Power BI
  • Write SQL queries to extract data from Microsoft SQL Server database for ad-hoc requests.
  • Design and automation of reoccurring report deliverables with Microsoft Power BI or Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • Design and automation of reports within the Workday HCM and FAS systems
  • Ensure high level of accuracy and quality in all produced work

Skills & qualifications

  • Experience in MIS, IT, business, marketing, statistics, computer science, or mathematics related fields
  • Background in Finance/Accounting and Human Resource functions
  • Proficiency of SQL language (on any relational database platform)
  • Demonstrable relational database practices and techniques
  • Ability to explain and use joins, aggregations, pivots and windowed functions when writing queries
  • Must have experience building and publishing dashboards in Power BI or another dashboard tool
  • Knowledge of Python, R, or other tools
  • Good demonstrable data visualization skills
  • Knowledge of Workday system
  • Expertise of Microsoft Excel, including charting, functions, and pivot tables
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills, ability to multitask and work in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time in front of a computer

Sample job description #3

Serves in a consultant role for all of our internal departments that use our Sales CRM system. Provides accurate and timely delivery of reporting requests and related services that result in sales, client retention, growth and customer satisfaction. Assists or is responsible for the creation of technical design. Reviews progress with management. Tests applications and assists in the implementation of new systems or updates to existing systems.

Essential functions

  • Develops and maintains complex sales reports for internal personnel and Business Units using a variety of reporting tools, mainly Oracle BI
  • Assists and/or creates technical design to meet financial and information reporting needs
  • Tests applications and assists in the implementation of new systems or updates to existing systems
  • Provides communication to all parties involved in report projects
  • Gathers information on issues, provides solutions, meets deadlines and provides general support in order to meet customer needs
  • Understands and maintains knowledge on application, updates, enhancements and system limitations as they affect the reporting process
  • Works closely with sales personnel to ensure satisfaction concerning reporting needs; creates plan to address client needs
  • Provides technical assistance and resolves issues related to supported applications and reports

Education/experience requirements

  • High School Diploma is required. Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or related work experience is preferred
  • Two to five years of reporting experience is required. High level of knowledge in report writing systems with problem solving/logic ability


  • Broad working knowledge of Windows operating systems and a wide variety of desktop applications (including spreadsheets, word processors, presentation graphics) in a network environment, and Internet browsers and related Internet tools. Ability to learn other applications as needed
  • Strong experience with relational database concepts, including SQL and working knowledge of database applications
  • Ability to create and maintain reports using specialized technical report writing software
  • Preferred experience with Oracle reporting tools, including Answers and BI Cloud
  • Extensive knowledge of integration with third party applications
  • Must be detail oriented, organized, and possess the ability to handle a multitask environment with great skill and accuracy
  • Possesses strong customer service skills
  • Communicates tactfully and effectively, verbally, and in writing, and maintains effective work relations with those encountered in the course of employment. Familiar with modern office methods, practices, procedures, and equipment, filing systems, and business letter writing

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a report developer is $84,500 per year in the United States, with a potential for cash bonuses per year. Salary may depend on the level of experience, education, and geographical location. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$84,050 $113,700 
Los Angeles, California$94,800$128,250
Denver, Colorado$79,000 $106,900 
Washington, DC$96,250$130,200
Miami, Florida$78,650 $106,400 
Orlando, Florida$72,550$98,150
Tampa, Florida$73,250$99,100 
Atlanta, Georgia$76,850 $104,000
Chicago, Illinois$88,350 $119,550
Boston, Massachusetts$95,550$129,250 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$76,150 $103,000 
New York City, New York$100,550 $136,050
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$81,900 $110,800 
Dallas, Texas$79,750 $107,850
Houston, Texas$79,000$106,900
Seattle, Washington$91,950$124,400 
National Average$71,850 $97,200

Sample interview questions

  • Talk about your preferred development environment.
  • What got you into coding?
  • How do you analyze the data you’re provided?
  • At your previous position, how did you create value in your workplace?
  • Explain when you made a mistake in a previous position. How did you rectify this?
  • What do you like best about being a report developer?
  • Do you know SQL and Java?
  • How familiar are you with front end and back end design and development?
  • How long have you been developing?
  • What project are you most proud of?

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