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Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

Median pay for Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K annually. Total cash compensation for Directors of Non-Profit Development runs from $36K to $92K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Non-Profit Development, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,000 - $91,828
(Median)
$37K
$58K
$92K
MEDIAN: $58,348
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$12.40 - $31.32
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$12
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$37,000 - $91,828  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,157  
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $9,787  
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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$36,354 - $92,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,729
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $31.32  
   
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 - $6,157  
   
Commission
$9,826 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$5.07 - $9,787  
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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$36,354 - $92,441  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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 who go on to become VPs of Operations may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Operations is $122K annually. 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 $2K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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


YMCA, Habitat For Humanity, The Salvation Army, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and Special Olympics, Inc. are all popular places to work. 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. Also paying near the top of the field are Big Brothers Big Sisters at $58K, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) at $50K, and Special Olympics, Inc., where Directors of Non-Profit Development annually earn $49K.

Considering that the median salary at YMCA is a shallow $40K, 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 less than half of the top paying company's rate. Habitat For Humanity, Boy Scouts of America and Special Olympics, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $42K, $43K, and $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 seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning, Windows Operating System General Use, and Media / Public Relations. It is often found that people who know Fundraising are also skilled 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 many Directors of Non-Profit Development, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $49K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K 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 $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


Directors of Non-Profit Development will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Directors of Non-Profit Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+34 percent), Boston (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), and New York (+28 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (8 percent lower) and Austin (4 percent lower).

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



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 525 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: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 20%
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