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    Cyburbian
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    Salaries for CDC's compared to public agencies??

    What is a typical Salary of Community Planning/ Economic Development for CDC's compared to a entry to mid level Public Planning Job (35 to45k).

    Are CDC's significantly less or around the same?

    Thank you

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    It depends on the CDC and their level of funding. As In my experience the pay was comparable to that of the public sector.
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    I would say that sounds about right for CDCs, but it can vary widely depending on the organization. I think the potential for increased pay over time (ie. pay scales) is less so in CDCs than in the public sector, but again, it depends on the situation. I also think the nature of the work is likely to be more variable at a CDC than in the public sector. They are often trying to do more with a smaller staff and so people often take on duties that might not be typically associated with a public planning position (PR and marketing of activities, graphic design work, etc.)
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    It depends what you'd be doing there. Community organizers typically make less than real estate development staff. I make substantially more (like double) as a planner than what I made as a project manager a CDC, but my position was funded by AmeriCorps so this is expected. The Senior Project Manager that I worked with makes somewhere over $50k a year. The Executive Director makes around $85-90k, and the organizer positions start at a little over $30k. That's typical for Boston-area CDCs.

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    Machete James is rihgt on in describing how different positions are compensated in CDC's

    here is a link to a job posting in Washington state for senior developers and developers and you can see the pay is competative with public sector jobs.

    http://www.commongroundwa.org/documents/HD.pdf

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