Director of Alumni Relations Salary

Median pay for Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States is around $57K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $38K and $85K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Alumni Relations like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Female Directors of Alumni Relations make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,554 - $85,129
MEDIAN: $56,742

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$38,554 - $85,129  
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$37,719 - $84,598  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
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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

Survey results imply that Directors of Alumni Relations put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 19 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people experienced in Event Planning also know Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Directors of Alumni Relations with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. On average, Directors of Alumni Relations make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Marketing Communications
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Event Planning
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People Management
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National Average

Strategic Planning
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Event Management
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%