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Average Salary for Make-A-Wish Foundation Employees

A salary of $50K per year is the median rate at Make-A-Wish Foundation. Your experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for Make-A-Wish Foundation workers, followed by your job title and geography. The data for this report comes from responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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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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.
[-]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (4)
$27,483 - $46,662  
[-]Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization (4)
Salary$23,612 - $37,097  
Bonus$90.33 - $2,121  
Total Pay$27,483 - $46,662  
[+]Director of Development (Fundraising) (3)
$44,850 - $103,547  
[+]Director of Development (Fundraising) (3)
Salary$45,267 - $98,771  
Total Pay$44,850 - $103,547  
[+]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
$26,816 - $48,948  
[+]Development Coordinator, Non-profit Organization (3)
Salary$27,637 - $46,850  
Total Pay$26,816 - $48,948  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
$42,804 - $81,783  
[+]Program Director, Non-Profit (2)
Salary$42,342 - $79,575  
Total Pay$42,804 - $81,783  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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Years of Experience

Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of around $52K annually. Overall, the greater share of Make-A-Wish Foundation folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $35K per year.


The highest average salaries go to Directors of Fundraising Development, who bring in close to about $65K annually, though Non-Profit Program Directors are not far behind at $57K along with Directors of Non-Profit Development ($52K) and Non-Profit Development Coordinators (approximately $33K). On the lower end are Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators at $29K on average.


Residents of Chicago, Ill. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $90K per year; other top-paying cities include Phoenix, Ariz. (around $65K) and Charlotte, N.C. (about $55K). Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Illinois, where they average to $90K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Make-A-Wish Foundation workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning approximately $56K on average.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Customer Relationship Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $72K per year. A relatively widespread skill at Make-A-Wish Foundation is Fundraising; close to two-fifths of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to know Event Planning, Marketing Communications, and Grant Writing.


The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only one in four employees. 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 vast majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for the larger part of employees also include dental insurance. Other privileges include flexible hours, life insurance, and a casual working environment.

Key Stats for Make-A-Wish Foundation


87 %
13 %
$30,000 - $60,529
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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