Median pay for Development Officers in the United States is around $52K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Development Officers is high. Female Development Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,320 - $75,122
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$75K
MEDIAN: $51,979
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90%

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$13.91 - $26.00
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,320 - $75,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$37,487 - $75,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 449
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $26.00  
   
Overtime
$23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$37,487 - $75,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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Development Officers who become Major Gifts Officers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $62K per year. Development Officers typically move into roles as Directors of Non-Profit Development or Directors of Fundraising Development, and those positions pay $4K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Development Officers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Major Gifts Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Customer Relationship Management, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Marketing Communications and Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Development Officer

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


For Development Officers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $57K. Development Officers see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Development Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,516

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Development Officers, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+31 percent), Boston (+9 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Development Officers have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Detroit and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 14 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




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Major Gifts Fundraising
up arrow 11%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Donor Relations
0%

National Average
$52,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Event Management
up arrow 13%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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