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Average Salary for Make-A-Wish Foundation Employees

An average Make-A-Wish Foundation employee can expect to make $51K annually. Make-A-Wish Foundation paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though your role at the company and geography are also considered. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Years of Experience

Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $36K per year on average. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $52K annually on average. The largest slice of the Make-A-Wish Foundation workforce (33 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $64K per year.


Directors of Fundraising Development represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $65K annually — though Non-Profit Program Directors, Directors of Non-Profit Development, and Non-Profit Development Coordinators also do fairly well at about $57K, around $52K, and $33K, respectively. Near the bottom at Make-A-Wish Foundation are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, pulling in an average of just $29K.


Residents of Chicago, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is about $90K per year; other top-paying cities include Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $65K) and Charlotte, N.C. ($55K). Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of around $90K annually) in Illinois.

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 may be Customer Relationship Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $72K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Make-A-Wish Foundation is Fundraising; roughly two-fifths of employees use it for work. Other skills in demand are Event Planning, Marketing Communications, and Grant Writing.


Make-A-Wish Foundation's employees who participated in the survey are more likely to be female — the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, Make-A-Wish Foundation has room for improvement — only 22 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Nearly all employees have health insurance, and benefits for a fair number of respondents also include dental insurance. Privileges also include life insurance, flexible hours, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Make-A-Wish Foundation


87 %
13 %
$29,900 - $61,042
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 7 votes.
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