Salaries in Tennessee for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

In 2014 alone, Tennessee-based companies exported $18.1 billion in products and professional services to foreign markets around the world.

International Paper, the largest paper and packaging manufacturer in the world, is based in Memphis and their international market contributes to Tennessee’s reputation as a leader in international trade and commerce. The trade law compliance specialists, international business development directors and business leaders that contribute to the success of companies like International Paper are well paid for their global perspective and business acumen.

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Humanitarian and non-profit organizations play a significant role in indirectly contributing to Tennessee’s international business relationships by bolstering the state’s reputation in the global community. Interpreters, organization heads and other international relations workers are vital to the continued success of Tennessee in the world stage.

International Business Salaries in Tennessee

Canada, Mexico, and China have spent billions of dollars on exported goods and services from Tennessee in the last few years. Continued growth means the state will need more qualified business professionals to head up new ventures in foreign markets. Marketing managers, production managers and corporate executives with a global perspective are highly valued in Tennessee’s international business sector, often earning six-figure salaries.

Salary ranges for these managers, executives and other leaders can be seen below (from a July 2015 survey of job announcements in Tennessee):

  • Chief Executives – $90,570 to 187,199
  • Advertising and Promotion Managers – $35,790 to $167,280
  • Industrial Production Managers – $59,690 to $139,440
  • Wholesale Buyers – $36,220 to $76,300
  • Compliance Officers – $39,240 to $99,160
  • Accountants and Auditors – $47,690 to $100,400

A detailed summary of salaries for international business professionals in Tennessee can be found in the table below:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
4950
87080
Purchasing Managers
2030
83200
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
3630
81060
Compliance Officers
4550
61360
Logisticians
2090
63820
Management Analysts
6870
81010
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
6530
54830

(Data gathered from the US Department of Labor, 2014)

Salaries for International Relations Specialists in Tennessee

The Volunteer State relies on humanitarian and non-profit workers to build relationships with foreign entities at the institutional, community and individual levels.

Program directors and executives with nongovernmental organizations like the International Children’s Heart Foundation provide services vital to international aid. The ICHF provides pediatric, cardiac, surgical care, and education to children and health care providers in developing countries all around the world. International relations work is important both for the world community and the local economy of Tennessee.

Positions in these organizations are wide-ranging and rewarding. Organizational leaders and executives can even make salaries nearing six-figures.

Salary ranges for international relations specialists can be seen below (from a July 2015 survey of job announcements in Tennessee):

  • Interpreter – $23,000 to $61,000
  • Non-profit Accountant – $27,000 to $56,000
  • Administrative Coordinator – $35,103 to $47,484
  • Grant Writer – $46,207 – $64,062
  • Senior Project Manager – $57,000 to $96,000
  • Program Director – $76,747 to $113,899

A full analysis of international relations salaries as reported by the US Department of Labor in 2014 are detailed in the table below:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Fundraisers
870
56460
Economists
60
82060
Urban and Regional Planners
370
55250
Area Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers Postsecondary
60
61900
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
280
57390
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
590
54150
Interpreters and Translators
650
39780

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