Economic Development Director Salary

The average Economic Development Director in the United States earns approximately $67K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Women Economic Development Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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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Pay by Experience Level for Economic Development Director

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $56K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $66K. Economic Development Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $86K on average.

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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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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%