Development Officer Salary

Development Officers in the United States can expect wages of $52K per year on average. Cash earnings for Development Officers — including $5K in bonuses at the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $38K to $76K depending on individual performance. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Development Officers survey respondents are women (71 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Development Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,556 - $76,966
$39K
$52K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,448
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50%
90%

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$13.48 - $25.29
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,556 - $76,966  
   
Bonus
$73.97 - $4,975  
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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$37,780 - $76,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $25.29  
   
Overtime
$24.00  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$73.97 - $4,975  
   
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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$37,780 - $76,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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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For Development Officers who go on to become Major Gifts Officers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Major Gifts Officer earns $62K 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 $4K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Survey results imply that Development Officers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Major Gifts Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Fundraising, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 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. Most people experienced in Event Planning also know Marketing Communications and Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Development Officer

Pay by Experience for a Development Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Development Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 309 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Development Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 159 salaries. An experienced Development Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 91 salaries. A Development Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,928

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

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Development Officers in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Development Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and St. Louis (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and San Diego (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Development Officer Salaries

▲36%

▲26%

▲12%

National Average
$52,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Major Gifts Fundraising
▲7%


▲2%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲1%

National Average
$52,000




Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼10%

Event Management
▼14%

Social Media Marketing
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 7%
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