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Development Officer Salary

Development Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Work is enjoyable for Development Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Development Officers making up 73 percent.

$35,032 - $75,211
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,517
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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
$35,032 - $75,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,576  
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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$34,560 - $75,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.84  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $31.45  
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 - $3,576  
   
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).
)
$34,560 - $75,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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


Development Officers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 23 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. It is often found that people who know Fundraising are also skilled 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Development Officers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $59K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Development Officers, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (14 percent less) and San Diego (10 percent less).

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 21%


National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 24%

Donor Relations
up arrow 23%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%


Event Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 102 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%
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