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Development Officer Salary

An average Development Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Development Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Development Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,628 - $75,352
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,221
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$14.58 - $30.38
(Median)
$15
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$34,628 - $75,352  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,624  
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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$34,348 - $75,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $30.38  
   
Overtime
$9.75 - $30.97  
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 - $3,624  
   
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).
)
$34,348 - $75,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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


Survey results show that Development Officers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Donor Relations and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. Development Officers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Development Officers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Development Officers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Chicago and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 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


Late-Career
up arrow 22%


National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Donor Relations
up arrow 28%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 28%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%


Event Management
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

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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