Development Officer Salary

Pay for Development Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Development Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Development Officers making up 72 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$35,258 - $75,338
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,576
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90%

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$14.71 - $30.84
(Median)
$15
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,258 - $75,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,624  
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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$34,756 - $75,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,624  
   
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).
)
$34,756 - $75,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Job Description for Development Officer

Development officers are in charge of funding- and donor-related activities for their organization. They coordinate fundraising initiatives and collect current and prospective donor information. They cultivate professional relationships with individuals, foundations, and other agencies; they also provide continuous support to company marketing efforts.

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Development Officer Tasks

  • Increase the number and quality of donor prospects through individual visits, research, donor database management and networking.
  • Manage portfolio prospects, using focused strategic approaches.
  • Work with marketing and program staff to customize materials for successful marketing and solicitation.
  • Cultivate, solicit and provide attentive stewardship for philanthropic donors.
  • Manage donor events, including identifying guests and coordinating organizational support for events.

Common Career Paths for Development Officer


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At the upper end, Development Officers who move into a Director of Fundraising Development role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Directors of Fundraising Development is a much higher $60K per year.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Survey results imply that Development Officers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Proposal Writing and Donor Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Event Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. Those educated in Fundraising tend to be well versed in Event Planning and Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Development Officer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. Development Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Development Officers that is 45 percent greater than the national average, Minneapolis offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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What is it like working as a Development Officer?

Development Officer in St. Joseph:
"My Role As A Development Officer."
Pros: I enjoy working with the internal campus community, as well as the external surrounding community. I feel the work I do directly impacts the lives of students.

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Experience Affects Development Officer Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 21%


National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 24%

Donor Relations
up arrow 9%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%


Event Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%
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