Director of Alumni Relations Salary

Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States pull down an average of $56K per year. Compensation ranges from $38K on the lower end to $86K per year on the higher end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Alumni Relations survey respondents are women (74 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,079 - $85,979
MEDIAN: $56,411

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$39,079 - $85,979  
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$38,384 - $85,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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Job Description for Director of Alumni Relations

Directors of alumni relations are responsible for managing the relationship between a university and its alumni. They serve as a liaison between the university community and its graduates. A major duty of directors of alumni relations is the creation of a variety of events for alumni, such as homecoming weekends, networking dinners, and class reunions. This job requires varying hours, including nights and weekends, to best fit the schedules of the alumni. A director of alumni relations has to be comfortable with the cultivation of donors and general fundraising activities. In addition to working with alumni, directors of alumni relations must coordinate their activities with all the other departments of the university, from the president’s office to campus security.


Director of Alumni Relations Tasks

  • Maintain and update alumni directory information.
  • Oversee administration and budget of the office of alumni affairs.
  • Develop and implement fundraising campaigns aimed at alumni.
  • Manage college/university relations with alumni and represent alumni to school administrators.
  • Plan and run special events for alumni and work to increase alumni involvement at the school.

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Popular Skills for Director of Alumni Relations

Survey results suggest that Directors of Alumni Relations put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Marketing Communications, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Alumni Relations

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

Directors of Alumni Relations do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. Directors of Alumni Relations who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $66K on average.

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Experience Affects Director of Alumni Relations Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Director of Alumni Relations Salaries

Project Management
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Marketing Communications
up arrow 16%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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People Management
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Event Planning
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National Average

Strategic Planning
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Event Management
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


74 %
26 %

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: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 8%