Salaries in Pennsylvania for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

Pennsylvania’s $40.2 billion in foreign exports placed the state among the top ten states in the nation for international exports according to the Department of Commerce International Trade Association. This high level of international trade and commerce supported 191,779 jobs in 2014 alone; many of which are high paying positions for international business professionals working as business consultants, multinational executives, business development directors and more.

While nonprofits are a major economic force throughout Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia area in particular is home to hundreds of organizations that connect the region to the rest of the world. Such entities include NGOs, public agencies, and civic and professional associations that provide a high level of compensation to NGO directors, foreign outreach workers, diplomats and other international relations specialists.

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Salaries for International Business Professionals in Pennsylvania

Shown here are the median salary values for corporate management and specialist positions involved in international business (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Managers

Purchasing managers

  • Allentown – $117,620
  • Harrisburg – $118,110
  • Philadelphia – $128,490

Industrial purchasing managers

  • Allentown – $95,110
  • Harrisburg – $99,190
  • Philadelphia – $111,950
  • Reading – $98,590
  • State College – $99,010

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

  • Philadelphia – $100,670
  • Pittsburgh – $95,360

Business Operation Specialists

Management analysts

  • Lancaster – $99,370
  • Philadelphia – $86,380
  • Reading – $79,880
  • Scranton – $79,330
  • York – $83,190

Logisticians

  • Harrisburg – $75,360
  • Philadelphia – $76,620
  • York – $75,610

Compliance officers

  • Philadelphia – $74,310
  • Pittsburgh – $63,350
  • York – $64,150

Market research analysts

  • Philadelphia – $64,270
  • Pittsburgh – $60,230

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an expanded profile for the salaries of these occupations in Pennsylvania as of 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
6560
104100
Purchasing Managers
2030
121480
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
3500
95480
Compliance Officers
10860
66680
Logisticians
6000
73510
Management Analysts
21450
86640
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
23300
66610

Salaries for International Relations Specialists in Pennsylvania

Both nonprofits that operate in the international sphere and state and federal governments rely on international relation specialists that are well compensated for their expertise. The United Way of Allegheny County revealed the salaries of a number of executives who worked for nonprofits in Southwestern Pennsylvania in 2012:

Executive Profession
Median Annual Salary
Executive Director/CEO
$90856
Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer
$87360
Director of Programs
$85333
Director of Development
$73008

The following professions frequently involve expertise in international relations (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014):

Economists

  • Philadelphia – $90,000
  • Pittsburgh – $85,000

Urban and Regional Planners

  • Philadelphia – $60,010
  • Reading- $59,380
  • State College – $57,410
  • York – $54,980

Interpreters and Translators

  • Philadelphia – $53,590

Professors

  • Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies
    • Pittsburgh – $72,450
  • Foreign Language and Literature
    • Harrisburg – $73,120
    • Lancaster – $67,330
    • Pittsburgh – $67.620
  • Political Science
    • Harrisburg – $95,770
    • Philadelphia – $83,590
    • Pittsburgh – $80,710
  • Fundraisers
    • Erie – $52,170
    • Johnstown – $53,970
    • Philadelphia – $57,630

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a highly detailed breakdown of the salaries of these key international relations occupations in Pennsylvania for 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fundraisers
2800
52110
Economists
570
81240
Urban and Regional Planners
1680
56580
Area Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers Postsecondary
490
81080
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
1200
87960
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
1890
73360
Interpreters and Translators
960
54120

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