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Director of Alumni Relations Salary

The average Director of Alumni Relations in the United States earns approximately $56K per year. Earnings generally vary between $38K and $84K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Directors of Alumni Relations enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Directors of Alumni Relations survey respondents are women (73 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,798 - $84,263
MEDIAN: $55,707

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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.
$38,798 - $84,263  
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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).
$38,235 - $83,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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

Directors of Alumni Relations report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Marketing Communications, Customer Relationship Management, People Management, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 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.

Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. Directors of Alumni Relations bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Directors of Alumni Relations who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Director of Alumni Relations Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director of Alumni Relations Salaries

Marketing Communications
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

People Management
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Event Planning
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Strategic Planning
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National Average

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 35 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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%