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Development Officer Salary

Average Development Officers in the United States make around $49K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Development Officers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Development Officers making up 73 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$34,479 - $75,328
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,150
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50%
90%

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$14.56 - $30.49
(Median)
$15
$19
$30
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
$34,479 - $75,328  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,345  
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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$34,199 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $30.49  
   
Overtime
$9.75 - $30.97  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,345  
   
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).
)
$34,199 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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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As Development Officers transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Fundraising Development, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Fundraising Development earn $60K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Development Officers report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Proposal Writing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. Most people who know Marketing Communications also know Event Planning and Grant Writing. Most people skilled in Fundraising are similarly competent in Grant Writing and Event Planning.

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 $52K. Development Officers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Development Officers, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Detroit and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

Development Officer Reviews

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 22%


National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 28%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%


Event Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

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