Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States can expect wages of $62K per year on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $39K and hits $99K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Directors of Non-Profit Development is high. Female Directors of Non-Profit Development make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$39,821 - $98,721
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $61,711
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$12.33 - $37.49
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MEDIAN: $20.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$39,821 - $98,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,025  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,381  
Commission
$2,100  
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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$39,351 - $99,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,139
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $37.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$30.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,025  
   
Commission
$2,100  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,381  
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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$39,351 - $99,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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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While not commonly seen, Directors of Non-Profit Development who transition into a VP of Marketing, Communications, & Development position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Marketing, Communications, & Development is $112K per year. However, it's more common for Directors of Non-Profit Development to move into roles as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Director of Development (Fundraising)s.

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


Many Directors of Non-Profit Development can be found at Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Inc., and YMCA, firms that are at the top of the field. Although The Salvation Army heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $85K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $33K to $148K. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries at The Arthritis Foundation (+$67K), Alzheimer's Association (+$66K), and United Way (+$59K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) ($49K), YMCA ($51K), and Boy Scouts of America ($52K).

Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


Survey results imply that Directors of Non-Profit Development deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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 10 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Planning, and Media / Public Relations. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Grant Writing.

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

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


Directors of Non-Profit Development with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,306

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

For Directors of Non-Profit Development, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+40 percent), New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+36 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). Kansas City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Seattle (14 percent lower and 5 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 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
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

▲22%

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼17%

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





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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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