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Director of Alumni Relations Salary

Average Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States make around $55K annually. Compensation ranges from $38K on the lower end to $82K per year on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Alumni Relations survey respondents are women (73 percent). Most Directors of Alumni Relations like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,402 - $81,758
MEDIAN: $55,195

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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.
$38,402 - $81,758  
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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).
$37,725 - $81,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Fundraising, Event Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled in Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Alumni Relations

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. Directors of Alumni Relations bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Director of Alumni Relations generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $66K.

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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

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

Marketing Communications
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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 31 votes.


73 %
27 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%