Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of about $50K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (42 percent) have been working for one to four years and make $41K per year on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($74K annually) can be spotted in Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Fla. ($64K), Phoenix, Ariz. (approximately $57K), and Oklahoma City, Okla. (around $43K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Portland, Ore. at $39K. Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — $74K per year on average.
Directors of Non-Profit Development represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $70K annually — though Donor Relations Managers, Non-Profit Development Managers, and Office Managers also do fairly well at about $50K, around $50K, and approximately $50K, respectively. Development Officers make an average around $37K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Fund Raising Executive certainly has its perks — salaries approach $63K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Regarding salaries and education, Make-A-Wish Foundation pays those with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) the most — $63K.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Strategic Planning; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of approximately $70K annually. Fundraising is regularly seen around here; approximately one-half of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Three more common skills are Event Planning, Donor Relations, and Project Management.
Benefits and Perks
Paid time off is scarce, with only about one in three employees receiving paid vacation and nearly one in seven workers receiving sick leave. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. Perks cover health insurance for almost all respondents and dental coverage for the vast majority of survey participants. Make-A-Wish Foundation also dishes out privileges such as life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.