Development Officer Salary

The average Development Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $50K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Development Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The majority of Development Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,127 - $75,408

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$14.71 - $30.84

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,127 - $75,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
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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$34,657 - $75,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
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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$34,657 - $75,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Major Gifts Officer. The average Major Gifts Officer brings home $61K per year. 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 $5K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Development Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Proposal Writing and Donor Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Development Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Development Officers, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and San Diego (13 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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 21%


National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 24%


Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%


Event Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
14%
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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