Director, Grants Salary

Slightly less than two-thirds of Directors of Grants in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $45K to $101K per year, and the average comes out to $68K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Grants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Directors of Grants survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,958 - $100,901
MEDIAN: $68,309

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$44,958 - $100,901  
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$45,070 - $101,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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Job Description for Director, Grants

  • Directs the research required in writing and editing grant proposals.
  • Oversees the communications with grant-funding agencies regarding use of grant funds.
  • Direct and guide the preparation of proposals to ensure compliance with grant regulations.
  • Oversees the development of a database to track awards.

Common Career Paths for Director, Grants

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Directors of Grants may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Director of Non-Profit Development position, where pay tends to be around $55K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Grants

Survey results imply that Directors of Grants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Grant Management, Project Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Government Grants, Data Management, and Grant Writing. Most people experienced in Grant Management also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Grants

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Directors of Grants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. Directors of Grants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

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Director, Grants in Tallahassee:
"Highly variable income."
While I don't always know where my next paycheck is coming from, I do have a great deal of flexibility.

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Experience Affects Director, Grants Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Grants Salaries

Budget Management
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National Average

Grant Management
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Project Management
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Data Management
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Government Grants
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.


78 %
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%