Development Officer Salary

Earnings for Development Officers in the United States come in at around $50K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Development Officers survey respondents are women (72 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Development Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$35,318 - $75,480
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,627
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50%
90%

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$14.71 - $30.84
(Median)
$15
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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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
$35,318 - $75,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,576  
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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$34,812 - $75,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 560
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 (?
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
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,576  
   
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).
)
$34,812 - $75,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For Development Officers, progressing to a Director of Fundraising Development role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Fundraising Development can earn $60K annually.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 22 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Management, Event Planning, and Oral / Verbal Communication. 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. On average, Development Officers make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Development Officers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Development Officers, 44 percent above the national average. Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+26 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Chicago and 9 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Proposal Writing
up arrow 24%

Donor Relations
up arrow 22%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$49,000

Grant Writing
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Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%


Event Management
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%
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