Salaries for International Business Professionals

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A 2015 Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce study found that professionals with bachelor’s degrees in international business earned an average salary of $60,000 in 2013, with those in the 75th percentile earning an average of $88,000.

Of those who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business, Georgetown University found that 29 percent went on complete a master’s degree in international business. International business professionals with a master’s degree earned an average salary of $79,000, as of 2013, with those in the 75th percentile earning an average of $118,000.

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Salaries for International Trade/Business Analysts

According to the 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide, business analyst managers in large companies earned an average salary of between $90,250 and $123,750 in 2015, while senior business analysts earned an average salary of between $78,000 and $100,500 during the same period.

Further, business intelligence analysts at the managerial level in large firms earned an average salary of between $107,750 and $136,000 in 2015, a 4.2 percent increase from 2014. Senior business intelligence analysts in large firms earned an average salary of between $93,750 and $110,000 in 2015.

Market risk analyst managers earned an average salary of between $92,250 and $137,500, as of 2015, while credit risk analyst managers earned an average salary of between $93,000 and $120,750.

Salaries for International Financial Analysts

According to a 2013 Forbes article, financial analysts made an average salary of $72,636, with those holding a vice president title earned an average salary of $127,617. In addition to their annual salaries, however, financial analysts earn bonuses, which many times can significantly increase—and even double—their pay.

Forbes reported that Goldman Sachs, for examples, pays their vice president financial analysts an average base salary of $169,896 a year, while their financial analysts are paid an average salary of $69,461.

Robert Half’s 2015 Salary Guide reported that financial analyst managers in large companies earned an average salary of between $94,750 and $129,750 in 2015, a 4.4 percent increase from 2014, while senior financial analysts earned an average salary of between $77,750 and $100,750 in 2015, also an increase of 4.4 percent from 2014.

Salaries for International Accountants

Robert Half’s 2015 Salary Guide reported the following, average salaries for professionals in accounting:

  • General accountant, manager, large company: $84,500-$118,000
  • General accountant, senior, large company: $68,750-$87,750
  • Cost accountant, manager, large company: $86,500-$116,500
  • Cost accountant, senior, large company: $69,750-$91,500
  • Tax accountant, manager, large company: $92,500-$129,250
  • Tax accountant, senior, large company: $76,000-$96,000

The US Department of Labor reported the average, annual salary for accountants and auditors, as of May 2014, was $73,670, with the top 10 percent in the profession earning more than $115,950.

The US Department of Labor also reported that accountants in the securities, commodities, and brokerage industry earned the highest salary, at $95,970, followed by those in the federal government, at $93,430, and securities and commodities exchange, at $90,430.

Salaries in International Finance

According to the US Department of Labor, securities, commodities, and financial sales agents earned an average, annual salary of $103,260, as of May 2014, while sales managers earned an average, annual salary of $126,040 during the same period.

The top-paying securities, commodities, and financial sales agents were in the following industries:

  • Natural gas distribution: $137,290
  • Securities and commodities contracts intermediation and brokerage: $136,920
  • Insurance and employee benefits funds: $134,960
  • Other financial investment activities: $128,780

The top-paying sales managers were in the following industries:

  • Securities and commodities contracts intermediation and brokerage: $191,950
  • Other financial investment activities: $187,900
  • Securities and commodities exchanges: $182,080

Salaries for International Economists

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) reported that the average base salary of NABE members, as of April 2014, was $145,169, a 4.4 percent increase since 2012. About two-thirds of survey respondents revealed they received compensation or bonuses in addition to their base salary, with the median annual bonus being $29,521.

Starting salaries for economists was between $32,000 and $87,500, depending on the level of education, according to the NABE salary survey.

According to the US Department of Labor, economists earned an average, annual salary of $105,290, as of May 2014, with the top 10 percent earning more than $170,780. Economists earned the highest salaries in the following industries:

  • Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing: $188,550
  • Legal services: $164,110
  • Depository credit intermediation: $135,420
  • Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage: $135,080
  • Monetary authorities – Central Bank: $126,070

Salaries for International Purchasing and Supply Chain Managers

According to the US Department of Labor, purchasing managers earned an average, annual salary of $111,810, as of May 2014, with the top 10 percent earning more than $169,000. The top-paying states for purchasing managers were:

  • Rhode Island: $133,470
  • District of Columbia: $130,520
  • New York: $128,970
  • New Jersey: $128,500
  • Maryland: $127,690

A 2013 salary survey by the Institute for Supply Management reported an overall average salary of $103,793 for supply management professionals. The survey also revealed average salaries by job title:

  • Chief, procurement/supply management/sourcing: $272,979
  • Director, procurement/supply management/sourcing: $144,782
  • Entry-level procurement and supply management practitioner: $51,578
  • Experienced procurement and supply management practitioner: $77,621
  • Manager, procurement/supply management/sourcing: $102,339
  • Vice president, procurement/supply management/sourcing: $217,099

Salaries for International Corporate Lawyers

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs reported that the starting salary for an associate of international law in a New York law firm ranges from $82,000 to $86,000.

According to a 2013 Robert Half Legal survey, a first-year associate at a large firm earned an average salary of $109,000 to $134,250, while a senior lawyer earned an average annual salary of between $168,250 and $255,750.

According to the US Department of Labor, lawyers earned an average, annual salary of $133,470, as of May 2014, with the top 10 percent earning more than $172,540. The top-paying states for lawyers that year were:

  • Washington D.C.: $168,740
  • California: $158,200
  • New York: $154,340
  • Delaware: $145,940
  • Massachusetts: $144,030

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