Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Average pay for a Chief Development Officer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $104K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Chief Development Officers (54 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$73,187 - $181,916
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$73K
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$180K
MEDIAN: $104,284
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$73,187 - $181,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $67,500  
Profit Sharing
$8,000  
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$72,546 - $195,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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

  • 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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations, Fundraising, and Marketing Communications. Many workers who know Fundraising also know Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $76K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $97K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $114K. Chief Development Officers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $138K.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$107,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 45%


National Average
$107,000

Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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