Economic Development Director Salary

Economic Development Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with approximately half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $67K annually on average but can range from $45K to $104K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Economic Development Directors (51 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Economic Development Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$44,190 - $102,140
MEDIAN: $66,572

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$44,190 - $102,140  
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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).
$45,204 - $104,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
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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, skills in New Business Development, Project Management, Business Development, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Oral / Verbal Communication and Business Development as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Economic Development Director

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

For many Economic Development Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $76K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Economic Development Director Salaries

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National Average

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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

Business Development
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 8%