Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K per year. Overall cash earnings for Directors of Non-Profit Development vary widely between $40K and $100K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Directors of Non-Profit Development is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Non-Profit Development making up 77 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,001 - $99,072
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $62,041
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$13.46 - $35.10
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$0$99K
Salary $40,001 - $99,072
Bonus $0.00 - $10,139
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,194
Commission $1,200
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$39,643 - $99,759
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,229
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $13.46 - $35.10
Overtime $0.00 - $46.31
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,139
Commission $1,200
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,194
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).
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$39,643 - $99,759
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 124

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Job Description for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization

In a non-profit organization, the director of development (or development director) is responsible for ensuring that the organization has necessary funding to function. This means the director of development creates and implements a fundraising plan detailing how the organization can obtain financial support; often, the plan identifies sources such as individual investors, grants, charitable events, marketing opportunities, and corporate investors. The fundraising plan also contains strategies to successfully build a large donor base and ensure effective fundraising. The director of development then reports this plan to the other senior leadership and the organization’s board of directors. At a small nonprofit organization, the director of development may be required to personally solicit donors, be responsible for the organization’s branding, and play a large role in the organization’s public relations strategies. At a large nonprofit organization, the director of development most likely oversees a development team which they would be responsible for staffing and maintaining.

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Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Tasks

  • Develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for their organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
  • May also be responsible for the financial condition of the organization along with business development.
  • Oversees fundraising: write grants, research foundations and corporations, and oversee or implement other fundraising strategies.

Common Career Paths for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


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Directors of Non-Profit Development do not often transition into VP of Marketing, Communications, & Development roles. The role averages $112K per year. More commonly, Directors of Non-Profit Development become Non-Profit Executive Directors or Directors of Fundraising Development.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


Directors of Non-Profit Development flock to Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Inc., and YMCA, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although The Salvation Army boasts the highest average salary in town at $85K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $148K. The Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, and United Way also offer top salaries for Directors of Non-Profit Development. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $67K, $66K, and $59K, respectively.

Workers at Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), YMCA, and Boy Scouts of America also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $49K, $51K, and $52K respectively.

Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Proposal Writing, Project Management, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing, Event Planning, and Media / Public Relations. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization

Pay by Experience for a Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 843 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 939 salaries. An experienced Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 859 salaries. A Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 315 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,625

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Directors of Non-Profit Development, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+39 percent), New York (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+35 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Kansas City. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Seattle (14 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization?

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in Baltimore:
"Oversee all fundraising activities."
Pros: Interacting with people.
Cons: Pressure of raising operating budget.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in Mobile:
Pros: Flexible hours.
Cons: Stress.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in Mobile:
Pros: Flexible hours.
Cons: Office conditions.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in Tallahassee:
"The Joy of Making a Difference."
Pros: The most rewarding aspect of working for a non-profit agency is fulfilling the mission to create a better world. It is a joy getting to know all walks of life in the pursuit to make a change for the better in the lives of those in need. I enjoy attacking a challenge and seeing the hard work pay off.
Cons: The most challenging part of non-profit work is know that you will not be able to help everyone. It is very heartbreaking to see people slip through the cracks and you cannot do anything about it. I want to save everyone, but it is just not feasible.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in San Diego:
"Creating Change."
Pros: I like that I am learning about my community, engaging youth to develop a sense of civic engagement through the arts. I see the satisfaction of girls and boys learning about the creative process while developing a sense of self-confidence and self-awareness. I love developing funds to furthering our mission and creating positive social change.
Cons:

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization in Crown Point:
Pros: The team of associates I work with are amazing. We all work well together and have great communication. I love being able to find an investor who shares our vision and mission in helping people.
Cons: The time and hours and not being able to work from home when needed. Having corporate level restraints on smaller decision making situations.

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Key Stats for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 329 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

▲22%

▲17%

▲2%

National Average
$62,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salaries





Fundraising
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National Average
$62,000


Organizational Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 329 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 17%
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