Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary

Earnings for Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States come in at around $60K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Directors of Non-Profit Development spread between $37K and $93K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Directors of Non-Profit Development is high. Most Directors of Non-Profit Development survey respondents are women (79 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 (?
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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.

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 $123K per year. It is not uncommon for a Director of Non-Profit Development to continue on 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


Directors of Non-Profit Development flock to YMCA, Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, and Special Olympics, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although The Salvation Army leads the field in pay with a median salary of $85K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $33K on the low end all the way up to $148K at the top. Soaring salaries can also be found at Alzheimer's Association, The Arthritis Foundation, and Special Olympics, Inc., where earnings of $66K, $64K, or $56K are standard for Directors of Non-Profit Development.

The lowest pay by far can be found at YMCA — this employer offers a median salary of $44K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Workers at Habitat For Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $44K, $47K, and $49K respectively.

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, Project Management, Proposal Writing, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning, Media / Public Relations, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Fundraising also tend to 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.


For Directors of Non-Profit Development, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. On average, Directors of Non-Profit Development make $68K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Non-Profit Development, 36 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Non-Profit Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), New York (+29 percent), and Boston (+25 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent.

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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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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