Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

The average Director of Non-Profit Development in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K per year. Total incomes of Directors of Non-Profit Development incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $93K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Non-Profit Development making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction for Directors of Non-Profit Development is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,416 - $92,587
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$38K
$60K
$93K
MEDIAN: $59,676
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$12.81 - $36.12
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,416 - $92,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,261  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $10,210  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$37,475 - $93,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,024
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $36.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,261  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$5.00 - $10,210  
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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$37,475 - $93,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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

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

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Directors of Non-Profit Development' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Operations. The average VP of Operations brings home $123K per year. It is not unusual for a Director of Non-Profit Development to become a Non-Profit Executive Director or a Director of Fundraising Development.

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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Directors of Non-Profit Development include YMCA, Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, and Special Olympics, Inc. For Directors of Non-Profit Development, comfortable salaries can be found at The Salvation Army; in fact, average earnings are around $85K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($33K versus $148K) is great. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries at Alzheimer's Association (+$66K), The Arthritis Foundation (+$64K), and Special Olympics, Inc. (+$56K).

Considering that the median salary at YMCA is a shallow $44K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is just about half of the top paying company's median. Habitat For Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($44K, $47K, and $49K respectively).

Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


Directors of Non-Profit Development report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Project Management, Proposal Writing, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning, Media / Public Relations, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Fundraising also know Event Planning.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $61K. Directors of Non-Profit Development who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Directors of Non-Profit Development who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,416

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

For Directors of Non-Profit Development, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), New York (+29 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average.

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Reviews

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

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.

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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Experience Affects Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salaries




National Average
$59,000


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



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Proposal Writing
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Fundraising
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$59,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 472 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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