Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Wages for Chief Development Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Chief Development Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$73,187 - $181,916
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $104,284
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$73,187 - $181,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $67,500  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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$72,546 - $195,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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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Chief Development Officers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations, Fundraising, and Marketing Communications. Those with knowledge of Fundraising tend to be skilled in Marketing Communications as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

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


For many Chief Development Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $76K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $97K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $114K on average. Chief Development Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $138K.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$107,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 45%


National Average
$107,000

Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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