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Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Compensation for Chief Development Officers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Chief Development Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Work is enjoyable for Chief Development Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,694 - $180,294
MEDIAN: $103,078

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$65,694 - $180,294  
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$3,537 - $25,434  
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$65,899 - $198,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 231

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 47 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations. Most people experienced in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $70K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $96K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $109K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $133K on average.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

People Management
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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 55 votes.


56 %
44 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 7%