Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Chief Development Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $110K) surpassing six figures annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$73,188 - $179,169
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MEDIAN: $110,462
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$21.50 - $123.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$73,188 - $179,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$73,225 - $184,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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$30.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $35,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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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$73,225 - $184,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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

  • 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.
  • Recommend short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization's values, mission and objectives.
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Participate in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning for the organization.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Development Officer (CDO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Development Officer (CDO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Chief Development Officer (CDO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 133 salaries. A Chief Development Officer (CDO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $142,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,681

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chief Development Officers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 61 percent. Chief Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with New Orleans Chief Development Officers earning much less — 34 percent less — than the national average. Austin and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 33 percent lower and 24 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

▲27%

▲1%

National Average
$112,000

▼17%

Entry-Level
▼35%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$112,000

▼2%


Media / Public Relations
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 6%