Directors of Grants in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K annually on average but can range from $45K to $101K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more female Directors of Grants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. The majority of Directors of Grants claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority have medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,938 - $101,491
MEDIAN: $68,189

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$44,592 - $101,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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Job Description for Director, Grants

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

Common Career Paths for Director, Grants

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Directors of Grants who take on a higher-level position such as Director of Non-Profit Development may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Directors of Non-Profit Development on average bring home $55K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Grants

Survey results suggest that Directors of Grants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Grant Management, Project Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Government Grants, Data Management, and Grant Writing. Most people familiar with 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.

For Directors of Grants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $59K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $66K. For Directors of Grants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $87K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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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 10 votes.


81 %
19 %

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: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 16%