Real Estate Development Manager Salary (United States)

For Real Estate Development Managers, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to 34 percent of their $88,027 annual pay. Pay starts at $53,847 and can approach $144,370 per year on the higher side. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Real Estate Development Managers are men (77 percent). Most Real Estate Development Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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$52,406 - $125,782
MEDIAN: $80,688
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National Salary Data

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$52,406 - $125,782  
$996 - $25,492  
Profit Sharing
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$15,500 - $42,500  
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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).
$53,847 - $144,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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Job Description for Real Estate Development Manager

The real estate development manager oversees the day-to-day operations for a real estate development. Additionally, they are responsible for the continued growth and development of the company. Most of the time, a manager provides excellent customer service to develop relationships with current and potential clients; this includes answering queries, responding to complaints, and ensuring clients are satisfied. At times, the real estate development manager must forecast new trends in the ever-changing real estate market. They also need basic accounting skills to handle the budgeting aspect of this role; they must successfully develop and manage department and/or project budgets.
Real Estate Development Manager Tasks
  • Review sites to assess costs and needed steps for zoning, local ordinances, and acceptability.
  • Write recommendations for how to proceed with various properties, neighborhoods and strategies.
  • Analyze existing economic, demographic, market, and environmental variables to identify areas for expansion.

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Real Estate Development Managers usually report a few specific skills. Aptitude in Financial Analysis tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Real Estate Development Manager

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Real Estate Development Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries can reach $86K from $77K after five to 10 years. Experienced workers—those with 10 to 20 years in the field—see salaries climb into six-figure territory, bringing in about $100K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Real Estate Development Managers tend to earn $121K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Real Estate Development Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Other big spenders include Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, and Boston, top-paying cities where Real Estate Development Managers see paychecks higher than average (+24 percent, +22 percent, +14 percent, and +11 percent).

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Skills That Affect Real Estate Development Manager Salaries

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 12%