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Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Average pay for Chief Development Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($104K). Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Chief Development Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. For the most part, Chief Development Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$67,392 - $183,028
MEDIAN: $104,386

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$67,392 - $183,028  
$0.00 - $61,534  
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$3,663 - $24,566  
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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).
$67,342 - $202,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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Job Description for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

  • 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 only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 48 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations and Fundraising. The majority of those who know 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.

Chief Development Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $70K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $96K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $134K.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

People Management
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Strategic Planning
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National Average

Marketing Communications
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Media / Public Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.


54 %
46 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 7%