Director of Alumni Relations Salary

Median pay for Directors of Alumni Relations in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $56K per year. Earnings sit near $38K on the lower side but can approach $83K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Alumni Relations, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Alumni Relations making up 72 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,933 - $83,555

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$38,933 - $83,555  
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$38,452 - $83,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 23 percent and 26 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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 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.

Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. Directors of Alumni Relations see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Directors of Alumni Relations with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $63K.

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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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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 23%

Marketing Communications
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People Management
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Event Planning
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Strategic Planning

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.


72 %
28 %

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: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%