Development Officer Salary

For Development Officers, annual average wages total $50K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Development Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$36,553 - $75,038
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,032
10%
50%
90%

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$14.34 - $30.14
(Median)
$14
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$36,553 - $75,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$35,594 - $75,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 642
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $30.14  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $33.20  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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).
)
$35,594 - $75,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Major Gifts Officer. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. It is quite typical for Development Officers to transition into roles as Directors of Non-Profit Development or Directors of Fundraising Development, where reported median earnings are $5K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Survey results imply that Development Officers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Proposal Writing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 6 percent and 27 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Event Planning. Those proficient in Fundraising are, more often than not, 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.


Development Officers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $54K. Development Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,622

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, 45 percent above the national average. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+26 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Development Officers earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Detroit and 10 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 27%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 6%

Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
up arrow 6%

Donor Relations
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$50,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%


Event Management
up arrow 10%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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