Average Salary for Make-A-Wish Foundation Employees

A typical Make-A-Wish Foundation employee can expect to make $47K annually. Though what you do at the company and your city are influential salary factors for those at Make-A-Wish Foundation, how long you've been working turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation typically pays:
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Employer: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
$24,568 - $48,926  
[-]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
Salary$29,017 - $49,836  
Total Pay$24,568 - $48,926  
[+]Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization (3)
$34,184 - $97,644  
[+]Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization (3)
Salary$45,711 - $74,526  
Total Pay$34,184 - $97,644  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (2)
$33,188 - $55,856  
[+]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (2)
Bonus$50.23 - $2,184  
Total Pay$33,188 - $55,856  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
$43,002 - $80,991  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
Salary$41,669 - $75,505  
Total Pay$43,002 - $80,991  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 10 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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About This Company

Make-A- Wish Foundation

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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see an average salaries of $53K. For those with one to four years of experience, paychecks typically reach around $40K. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (34 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make approximately $65K per year.


Nearing the top of the pay scale are Non-Profit Development Managers, Directors of Fundraising Development, Non-Profit Program Directors, and Directors of Non-Profit Development; while the first receives the highest median pay at about $61K, the other salaries come in at $59K, $57K, and $52K, respectively. At approximately $36K, Non-Profit Development Coordinators are among the lowest paid at Make-A-Wish Foundation.


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 (about $60K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of around $73K per year) in Illinois.

Certifications and Degrees

The best paid folks at Make-A-Wish Foundation have a Bachelor's Degree, earning $56K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Microsoft Office in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $60K. Fundraising also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; roughly two in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Event Planning, Grant Writing, and Event Management are also desirable skills.


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

Paid time off is hard to come by at Make-A-Wish Foundation; the company rewards only a fifth of workers with paid vacation time and only a third of workers with sick leave. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Make-A-Wish Foundation, including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. For the greater part of workers, benefits include health insurance, and a majority of workers get dental coverage, too. Some other advantages of working at Make-A-Wish Foundation are life insurance, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Make-A-Wish Foundation


90 %
10 %
$33,189 - $61,674
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

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