Median pay for Business Development Associates in the United States is around $49K annually. Overall compensation packages to Business Development Associates range from $33K on the low end to $84K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $17K and profit sharing that approaches $15K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $25K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Women make up a slight majority of Business Development Associates (51 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$35,068 - $78,948
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$49K
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MEDIAN: $48,797
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$11.06 - $25.15
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MEDIAN: $16.86
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,068 - $78,948  
   
Bonus
$257.60 - $17,205  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $15,205  
Commission
$1,961 - $24,720  
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).
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$32,954 - $84,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.06 - $25.15  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $39.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$257.60 - $17,205  
   
Commission
$1,961 - $24,720  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $15,205  
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).
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$32,954 - $84,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 197

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Job Description for Business Development Associate

Business development associates help increase growth and sales for their company. The field in which they work may vary, including everything from information technology (IT) to marketing to engineering. Much of the position is focused on developing strategies to build new client relationships while maintaining existing relationships.

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Business Development Associate Tasks

  • Develop, execute and evaluate new plans for expanding increasing sales.
  • Document all customer contact and information.
  • Supervise implementation, advocate for the customer's needs, and communicate with client.
  • Identify, prioritize, and reach out to new business categories, partners and opportunities.

Common Career Paths for Business Development Associate


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As Business Development Associates transition into upper-level roles such as Business Development VP, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Business Development VPs earn $147K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Business Development Associate often leads to becoming a Business Development Manager or a Business Development Director; median salaries in these positions are $28K higher and $63K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Business Development Associate


Corporate Executive Board (CEB) offers the best pay with a median salary of $44K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $39K and maxing out at just $56K.

Popular Skills for Business Development Associate


Business Development Associates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Business Analysis, Data Analysis, Powerpoint, and New Business Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Business Development are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales and Market Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Business Development Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Business Development Associates make a median salary of $60K. For some reason, Business Development Associates with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,869

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Business Development Associates, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Business Development Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+21 percent), New York (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Arlington and 10 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Business Development Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Business Development Associate?

Business Development Associate in Houston:
"Work flexibility and company culture."
Pros: Not being under direct supervision is what I like most about my job. I have the freedom to accomplish tasks delegated to me in a manner I see fit.
Cons: This is a relatively new company and business model. The thing I like least is a lack of consistency. Issues are addressed on a case by case basis. Duplicate issues are often handled differently.

Business Development Associate in Chicago:
"Great experience where I've learned a ton."
Pros: I've worked 4.5 years as a business development associate doing a range of marketing and sales activities. The ownership and autonomy is what I like the most.
Cons: Stress level and compensation.

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Key Stats for Business Development Associate

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.
065
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Business Development Associate Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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