Salaries in North Dakota for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

The US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration reported that North Dakota exported $5.3 billion worth of goods to foreign markets in 2014. This level of international trade supported 32,332 jobs that year, representing nearly one fifth of all of the jobs in North Dakota according to the US Global Leadership Coalition. These positions include high paying corporate positions for multinational executives and export compliance specialists, along with numerous other professionals involved in international business efforts.

North Dakota’s economic development agency helps promote international trade through the expertise of diplomatic advisors, foreign outreach workers and other international relations professionals that help build strong trade relations.

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Salaries for North Dakota’s International Business Professionals

Salaries for corporate managers and specialists who are frequently associated with international trade and commerce are shown here (US Department of Labor 2014):

Managers

  • Industrial purchasing managers
    • Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $177,210
    • East Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $171,650
    • Fargo – $153,010
  • Purchasing managers
    • Bismarck – $151,340
    • Fargo – $149,810
  • Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
    • Bismarck – $133,370
    • Fargo – $128,880
    • West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $128,820

Business Operation Specialists

  • Management analysts
    • Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $142,740
    • Grand Forks – $141,190
    • West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $110,140
  • Compliance officers
    • Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $100,230
    • Grand Forks – $97,380
    • West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $80,180
  • Market research analysts
    • Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $85,140
    • Bismarck – $81,390
    • West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area – $79,510
    • Fargo – $78,910
  • Logisticians
    • Bismarck – $96,450

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full analysis of salaries for a number of professions associated with international business in North Dakota (2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
330
91390
Purchasing Managers
150
96850
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
320
84450
Compliance Officers
1200
56930
Logisticians
240
59550
Management Analysts
680
64950
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
810
51160

Salaries for International Relations Professionals in North Dakota

As of 2013, some 6,201 nonprofits operated in North Dakota according to the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, many of which operated in the international sphere. These nonprofits are major employers and provided more than 15% of North Dakota’s non-governmental jobs.

Bluewater Nonprofit Solutions, a nonprofit staffing services firm, reported that the median salary for chief marketing officers of nonprofits in the north central part of the country was $84,936 as of 2013, while the maximum salary for these professionals was $235,125. More than 42% of the nonprofits paid bonuses, which added an average of 2.3% to the base salaries of these professionals.

The US Department of Labor provides salary information for fundraisers in North Dakota’s major cities as of 2014:

North Dakota Area
90th Percentile Annual Salary
Fargo
$100380
Grand Forks
$69540
Bismarck
$68940

This agency provides detailed salary information on an array of professions in North Dakota that provide international relations expertise to NGOs, government agencies and businesses that operate in the international sphere (2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fundraisers
230
53700
Urban and Regional Planners
90
52510
Economics Teachers Postsecondary
60
110170
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
50
62100
Interpreters and Translators
160
34110

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