Generous salaries abound for Chief Development Officers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Chief Development Officers claim 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 55 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$72,493 - $176,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $42,500  
Profit Sharing
$5,800  
Total Pay (?
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$72,533 - $182,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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$30.00  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $42,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,800  
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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$72,533 - $182,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $69K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $111K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $135K.

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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$108,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

Strategic Planning
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People Management
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National Average
$108,000

Fundraising
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Media / Public Relations
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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
5%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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