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The average salary for a Business Development Director is $104,013.
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What Do Business Development Directors Do?

Business Development Director Tasks
  • Develop, coordinate, and implement sales and marketing plans to meet company growth objectives.
  • Attend meetings with and give sales presentations to current and potential clients.
  • Manage the sales process and establish relationships with clients.
  • Research new clients and negotiate contracts.

Job Satisfaction for Business Development Director

3.9 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Popular Employer Salaries for Business Development Director

The top respondents for the job title Business Development Director are from the companies L-3 Communications, Affiliated Engineers Incorporated and HCA, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at BAE Systems Inc. where the average pay is $172,952. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Textron Systems Corporation and L-3 Communications, earning around $170,000 and $168,640, respectively. HCA, Inc. pays the lowest at around $85,000. Oracle Corp. and Affiliated Engineers Incorporated also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $130,000 and $133,125, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Business Development Directors?

Skills in New Business Development, Strategic Planning and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Strategic Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Business Development Directors?

An entry-level Business Development Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $65,598 based on 39 salaries. An early career Business Development Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $76,845 based on 764 salaries. A mid-career Business Development Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $98,145 based on 1,273 salaries. An experienced Business Development Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $119,458 based on 1,909 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $126,748.
Employees with Business Development Director in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 40.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (17.9% more) and New York, New York (15.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Los Angeles, California (1.8% less).

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