Salaries in Ohio for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

Ohio exported $52.1 billion worth of goods to foreign countries in 2014 alone according to the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. This volume of international trade supported 263,356 jobs in Ohio that year, including high paying corporate positions for international trade and customs managers, management analysts, and multinational executives in addition to numerous other professionals involved in international business efforts.

State and federal agencies, international NGOs, universities, and industry organizations all retain international relations specialists who contribute to building strong trade relationships through cultural exchange and outreach programs and humanitarian efforts, paying them handsomely for their expertise.

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Prominent nonprofits in Ohio dedicated to such international outreach efforts include:

  • Cleveland Council on World Affairs
  • Columbus Council on World Affairs
  • Akron Council on World Affairs
  • Global Cincinnati World Affairs Council

Salaries for Ohio’s International Business Professionals

Shown here are the median salary values for corporate management and specialist positions throughout Ohio that are frequently associated with international trade and commerce (US Department of Labor, 2014):

Managers

Purchasing managers

  • Cincinnati – $107,140
  • Columbus – $106,900
  • Dayton – $116,010

Industrial purchasing managers

  • Akron – $89,150
  • Cincinnati – $91,140
  • Columbus – $85,400
  • Dayton – $84,490
  • Springfield – $83,850
  • Steubenville – $91,210
  • Toledo – $91,570

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

  • Akron – $81,010
  • Columbus – $81,210
  • Dayton – $88,310
  • Toledo – $82,320

Business Operation Specialists

Management analysts

  • Cincinnati – $74,710
  • Columbus – $75,330
  • Dayton – $77,840
  • Sandusky – $85,110
  • Toledo – $75,290

Compliance officers

  • Akron – $59,270
  • Cincinnati – $64,220
  • Columbus – $61,630
  • Sandusky – $78,770
  • Toledo – $58,060

Market research analysts

  • Akron – $58,210
  • Cleveland – $60,000
  • Columbus – $63,650
  • Dayton – $59,600

Logisticians

  • Cincinnati – $70,740
  • Dayton – $84,130

A full analysis of salaries for international business professionals in Ohio is shown here (US Department of Labor, 2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
11590
91150
Purchasing Managers
2640
106270
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
5250
87230
Compliance Officers
6460
61250
Logisticians
5740
71550
Management Analysts
18260
79980
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
19290
63270

Salaries for Ohio’s International Relations Specialists

A study of salaries for executives who lead Ohio-based nonprofits involved in international outreach, development and humanitarian aid revealed the following (Charity Navigator, 2011):

  • United Way of Greater Cleveland, President/CEO earned $225,000
  • The George Gund Foundation, Executive Director earned $287,987

Also available from Charity Navigator is a survey of the 2012 median compensation for the CEOs of internationally focused charities in the Midwest region of the US, to include Ohio:

  • Large charities – $241,645
  • Medium charities – $131,100
  • Small charities – $87,048

The US Department of Labor’s 2014 salary survey of international relations professionals in Ohio revealed the following:

Interpreters and Translators

  • Akron – $45,530
  • Canton – $56,430
  • Cincinnati – $43,430
  • Cleveland – $43,140

Urban and Regional Planners

  • Akron – $63,020
  • Cincinnati – $61,650
  • Columbus – $58,920
  • Dayton – $68,420

Professors-Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies

  • Columbus – $96,840

Professors-Foreign Language and Literature

  • Cleveland – $66,270
  • Columbus – $68,430
  • Dayton – $63,850

Professors-Political Science

  • Cleveland – $77,360

A full analysis of salaries for international relations specialists in Ohio is shown here (US Department of Labor, 2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Economists
120
126250
Urban and Regional Planners
600
61260
Area Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers Postsecondary
570
78890
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
530
76600
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
1310
66960
Interpreters and Translators
1750
42470

*This value is equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries that exceed these values.

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