Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Chief Development Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $107K) surpassing six figures annually. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Chief Development Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$73,728 - $178,041
$74K
$110K
$180K
MEDIAN: $107,352
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$21.50 - $123.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$73,728 - $178,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$7,861  
Total Pay (?
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$73,711 - $182,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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Hourly Rate
$30.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,861  
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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$73,711 - $182,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

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


Chief Development Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $94K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $111K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $139K on average.

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Key Stats for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
32%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

▲28%

▲2%

National Average
$109,000

▼13%

Entry-Level
▼35%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$109,000

▼2%


Media / Public Relations
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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