Economic Development Director Salary

Economic Development Directors in the United States take home approximately $67K per year on average. Women Economic Development Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,260 - $108,693
MEDIAN: $66,999

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$45,670 - $112,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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Job Description for Economic Development Director

Economic development directors oversee fundamental tasks regarding the advancement of their company's economic development. Those in this position are expected to develop policies which facilitate the growth of their area of operation and develop working relationships with members of the community, including local businesses and the general public. Maintaining these personal relationships is often the key to success in this position.


Economic Development Director Tasks

  • Develop and implement policies to expand reach and scope of department.
  • Create, report on, and adjust department budget, including setting goals.
  • Hire, mentor, and evaluate a team, setting goals, and defining projects.
  • Collaborate with many stakeholders and create positive relationships.

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Economic Development Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with New Business Development, Business Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Oral / Verbal Communication, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Economic Development Director

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

Economic Development Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $56K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $66K on average. On average, Economic Development Directors make $81K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $86K.

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Experience Affects Economic Development Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Economic Development Director Salaries

New Business Development
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Project Management
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National Average

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.


51 %
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 9%