Salaries in New Jersey for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

International trade is big business in New Jersey, with more than 20,000 businesses in the state exporting $36.8 billion worth of goods in 2014 alone according to the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. This level of trade supported 165,695 jobs that year, including high-paying positions for business development directors, trade specialists and corporate executives involved in international business.

New Jersey’s strategic coastal location makes it a prime location from which to make goods available to foreign markets. In addition, New Jersey boasts a highly educated pool of talented professionals who are highly compensated for their knowledge of international business and relations.

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Both businesses and NGOs in New Jersey rely on professionals with expertise in international relations to help them navigate in the global sphere. In an analysis of New Jersey’s nonprofits released in 2015, the Center for Non-Profits reported that 30% of the organizations surveyed were likely to hire new employees in the coming year.

Salaries for International Business Professionals in New Jersey

The median salary for several categories of international business professional was exceptionally high in the Edison and Newark areas in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

International Business Profession
Edison
New Jersey
Purchasing managers
$126500
$120190
Industrial production managers
$113720
$110640
Logisticians
$78440
$76340
Market research analysts
$71900
$69620

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a high level of detail on the salaries of a number of professionals found in the multinational companies and local exporting companies that call New Jersey home (2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
5140
123310
Purchasing Managers
2280
128500
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
4520
119540
Compliance Officers
8870
75980
Logisticians
4690
80020
Management Analysts
13470
96530
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
14600
74370

*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond these values.

International Relations Professionals in New Jersey

Nonprofit staffing firm, Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions, released an analysis of the salaries of chief marketing officers in nonprofits in the Northeast area of the US, which includes New Jersey. In 2012, the median salary for these professionals was $104,272 with the maximum salary being $250,000. Half of the organizations paid bonuses, with the average bonus being 7.16%.

Fundraisers in the Edison area earned a higher median salary than their colleagues in the rest of New Jersey:

  • Edison: $58,420 (Median) – $84,570 (90th Percentile)
  • New Jersey: $55,900 (Median) – $79,070 (90th Percentile)

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed salary analysis for occupational categories associated with providing expertise in international relations to government agencies, nonprofits and businesses (2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fundraisers
920
56430
Economists
130
84530
Urban and Regional Planners
440
74320
Area Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers Postsecondary
160
92470
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
410
95000
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
690
75650
Interpreters and Translators
640
55660

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