Director of Alumni Relations Salary

Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States take home approximately $56K per year on average. Earnings sit near $38K on the lower side but can approach $86K per year on the higher side. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Alumni Relations making up 74 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Alumni Relations. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,079 - $85,979
MEDIAN: $56,411

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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

Directors of Alumni Relations generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those educated in Event Planning tend to be well versed 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.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Alumni Relations — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $64K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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
up arrow 27%

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%