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Average Salary for Make-A-Wish Foundation Employees

Make-A-Wish Foundation generally pays its employees $47K per year. Make-A-Wish Foundation paychecks are largely negotiated based on your experience level, though what you do at the company and geography are also considered. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

How This Employer Pays

Make-A-Wish Foundation typically pays:
above market

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Employer: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Average Salary Range by Job
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National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
$24,300 - $49,232  
[-]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
Salary$29,194 - $54,639  
Total Pay$24,300 - $49,232  
[+]Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization (3)
$33,204 - $97,242  
[+]Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization (3)
Salary$45,376 - $74,665  
Total Pay$33,204 - $97,242  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (2)
$33,161 - $56,138  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (2)
Bonus$83.43 - $2,168  
Total Pay$33,161 - $56,138  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
$44,670 - $85,876  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
Salary$42,782 - $79,118  
Total Pay$44,670 - $85,876  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Years of Experience

Staying at the company for five to ten years brings notable financial rewards; the average income in this window is $53K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach approximately $40K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make about $65K per year.


Non-Profit Development Managers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $61K; Directors of Fundraising Development are next on the list, bringing in close to around $59K, followed by Non-Profit Program Directors earning $57K and Directors of Non-Profit Development making around $52K. On the lower end are Non-Profit Development Coordinators at about $36K.


Residents of Chicago pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $73K annually; other top-paying cities include Phoenix ($67K) and Charlotte ($60K). By state, Make-A-Wish Foundation employees make the most in Illinois, earning approximately $73K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

The highest-paying degree here is a Bachelor's Degree; Make-A-Wish Foundation awards $56K to these degree-holders.


The highest paying skill to have in this role seems to be Microsoft Office; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $60K. One of the more prevalent skills at Make-A-Wish Foundation is Fundraising, with roughly two-fifths considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Event Planning, Grant Writing, and Event Management.


At Make-A-Wish Foundation, there are significantly more females than males — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

One in five workers have paid vacation, and only about one in three workers can take paid time off for illness. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. The greater part of workers receive health insurance, and more than half of workers get dental coverage. Some other perks are life insurance, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats

90 %
10 %
$33,189 - $61,674
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

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