For Development Officers, annual average wages total $52K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K, overall incomes of Development Officers generally spread between $37K and $74K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Development Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The majority of Development Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,055 - $74,447
$38K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,758
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50%
90%

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$13.91 - $26.00
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.59
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,055 - $74,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$37,088 - $74,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $26.00  
   
Overtime
$23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$37,088 - $74,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for Development Officer


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Development Officers may progress into high-paying roles like Major Gifts Officer, where median compensation is $62K annually. A common career progression for a Development Officer is to become a Director of Non-Profit Development or a Director of Fundraising Development. Compared to Development Officers, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Development Officers seem to wield many 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 proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Development Officers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $57K. Development Officers see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,355

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

Home to some of the best pay for Development Officers, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and St. Louis (+4 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Development Officers is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (19 percent less) and San Diego (13 percent less).

Development Officer Reviews

Q: 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.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Development Officer

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Development Officer Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Major Gifts Fundraising
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Grant Writing
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National Average
$51,000




Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
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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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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