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Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

Earnings for Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States come in at around $58K per year on average. In the world of Directors of Non-Profit Development, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $93K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Non-Profit Development. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$36,725 - $91,892
(Median)
$37K
$58K
$92K
MEDIAN: $58,375
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$12.40 - $33.94
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$12
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,725 - $91,892  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,169  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $9,744  
Commission
$9,826 - $25,434  
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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$36,144 - $92,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,742
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $33.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,169  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$5.14 - $9,744  
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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$36,144 - $92,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161

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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.

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


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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 $122K per year. A common career progression for a Director of Non-Profit Development is to become a Non-Profit Executive Director or a Director of Fundraising Development. Compared to Directors of Non-Profit Development, the first group earns $1K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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


Dominating the field, YMCA, Habitat For Humanity, The Salvation Army, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and Special Olympics, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Directors of Non-Profit Development. Directors of Non-Profit Development seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Salvation Army, where the median salary comes to $85K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($33K) and those starting out ($148K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Soaring salaries can also be found at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and Special Olympics, Inc., where earnings of $55K, $50K, or $49K are standard for Directors of Non-Profit Development.

YMCA employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $40K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Also approaching the lower end are Habitat For Humanity at $42K, Boy Scouts of America at $43K, and Special Olympics, Inc. at $49K.

Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization


Survey results imply that Directors of Non-Profit Development deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Event Planning, and Media / Public Relations. Most people skilled in Fundraising are similarly competent in 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.


For Directors of Non-Profit Development, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Directors of Non-Profit Development in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+33 percent), Boston (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), and New York (+28 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in St. Louis and 9 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 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
$58,000


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



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Fundraising
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Proposal Writing
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Organizational Development
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National Average
$58,000










Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 546 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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