Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Wages for Chief Development Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Chief Development Officers (55 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$69,470 - $182,754
(Median)
$69K
$100K
$180K
MEDIAN: $103,239
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$69,470 - $182,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $62,188  
Profit Sharing
$3,600 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$69,133 - $197,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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Job Description for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

The chief development officer plays an important role in most non-profit companies and organizations related to coordinating volunteers and funding. It is typically a high-ranking executive position. This individual is tasked with the responsibility of seeing to an organization’s development and success. The chief development officer, or CDO, most commonly works under the CEO, or chief executive officer. The CDO also works mainly with the development board.

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Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tasks

  • Recommend short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization’s values, mission and objectives.
  • Participate in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning for the organization.
  • Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and plans.
  • Plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions in support of the organization.
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.

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Popular Skills for Chief Development Officer (CDO)


Chief Development Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent and 22 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations. Most people familiar with Fundraising also know Media / Public Relations.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $108K on average. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $133K.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%


National Average
$104,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 30%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 51%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 22%

National Average
$104,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 7%
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