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Development Officer Salary (United States)

Development Officers in the United States take home an average $49K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Development Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Development Officers survey respondents are women (72 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.
Development Officer Salary (?
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$34,022 - $74,894
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49K
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MEDIAN: $48,721
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Development Officer Salary (?
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$14.50 - $27.62
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,022 - $74,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,028  
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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$33,778 - $74,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $27.62  
   
Overtime
$9.75 - $30.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,028  
   
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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$33,778 - $74,549  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Development Officers usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Director of Fundraising Development. The average pay for a Director of Fundraising Development is $60K annually.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer

Survey takers who work as Development Officers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Fundraising, Grant Writing, Marketing Communications, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning and Event Management. The majority of those who know Fundraising also know Grant Writing and Event Planning. Those who learned Marketing Communications also tend to know 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.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. Development Officers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

Minneapolis
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Washington
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San Francisco
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Boston
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National Average
$48,000
Los Angeles
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Seattle
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San Diego
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Detroit
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Chicago
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For those looking to make money, Development Officers in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit and San Diego (13 percent lower).

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
$48,000

Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Fundraising
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Grant Writing
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National Average
$48,000
Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%
Event Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%