Salaries in Wisconsin for Professionals in International Business and Affairs

Since 80% of the world’s buying opportunities now exist outside of the United States, Wisconsin is investing in the state’s blooming economic future by offering high salary positions to international business and relations professionals practicing here. In fact, according to the United States Department of Labor, Wisconsin was recognized among the top five best paying states for several occupations involved in promoting global trade.

For example, in 2014:

  • The Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan district was the second highest paying nonmetropolitan area management analysts in the country
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI metropolitan locale was the second highest paying nonmetropolitan area for area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers in the nation
  • The Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI metropolitan division was the fourth highest paying metropolitan area for transportation, storage, and distribution managers in the country
  • The West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan region was the fifth highest paying nonmetropolitan area for urban and regional planners, interpreters, and translators in the nation


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International Business Salaries in Wisconsin

One of the best ways for international business workers in Wisconsin to increase their marketability to potential employers is by staying up-to-date with the state’s leading export industries. The Business Roundtable reports that in 2013, Wisconsin’s top export products and service were produced by the following industries:

  • Agricultural and construction machinery
  • Navigational and measurement instruments
  • Miscellaneous general purpose machinery
  • Computer software
  • Travel services

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor published the median salaries figures for international business-related professions in Wisconsin. These statistics reveal that those working managerial roles often earned higher-end salaries:

  • Industrial Production Managers: $91,900
  • Purchasing Managers: $88,900
  • Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers: $78,800
  • Compliance Officers: $58,200
  • Logisticians: $63,400
  • Management Analysts: $70,700
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists: $50,800

Shown here is a full analysis of salary data for international business professionals in Wisconsin (US Department of Labor, 2014):

Annual mean wage
Industrial Production Managers
Purchasing Managers
Transportation Storage and Distribution Managers
Compliance Officers
Management Analysts
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

International Relations Salaries in Wisconsin

In 2013, the Business Roundtable found that international relations jobs were among the 785,186 trade-supported jobs in Wisconsin. Between 1992 and 2013, jobs linked to connected to trade rose by an astounding 120%, which indicates that international relations professionals can continue to expect employment growth expansion in the coming years.

By navigating and shaping global politics, diplomacy, foreign policy, and goodwill initiatives, international relations workers helped Wisconsin companies export commodities to 207 international markets in 2013.

Local employers may entice international relations professionals with generous salaries if they possess extensive knowledge about trade practices and policies in Canada, Germany, China, Mexico, Japan, and Australia, as these countries held Wisconsin’s biggest foreign export markets in 2013.

In 2014, the United States Department of Labor provided the median salaries for several occupations associated with international relations in Wisconsin:

  • Fundraisers: $48,600
  • Economists: $52,300
  • Urban and Regional Planners: $59,400
  • Political Science Teachers Postsecondary: $64,000
  • Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary: $57,400
  • Area, Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary: $56,000
  • Interpreters and Translators: $45,700

Shown here is a full analysis of salary data for international relations specialists in Wisconsin (US Department of Labor, 2014):

Annual mean wage
Urban and Regional Planners
Area Ethnic and Cultural Studies Teachers Postsecondary
Political Science Teachers Postsecondary
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers Postsecondary
Interpreters and Translators

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