Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Development Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Chief Development Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$73,123 - $176,856
MEDIAN: $102,040

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$72,764 - $195,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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.


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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Job skills reported by Chief Development Officers are limited. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Media / Public Relations and Marketing Communications. Competency in Fundraising frequently indicates knowledge of Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Chief Development Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $83K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $96K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $105K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $136K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

People Management
up arrow 52%

Strategic Planning
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National Average

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Marketing Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.


53 %
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 6%