Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (United States)

Director of Development (Fundraising)s in the United States usually make around $61,497 annually. Pay ranges from $39,903 on the low end to $99,217 per year on the higher side. Total cash earnings range from $40,071 on the low end to $98,484 on the high end and can include bonus and profit sharing proceeds as high as $10,082 and $11,617, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and about half get vision benefits. Most Director of Development (Fundraising)s are women (77 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$40,071 - $98,484
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MEDIAN: $61,455
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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$13.18 - $35.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,071 - $98,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,617  
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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$39,903 - $99,217  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $22.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,617  
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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$39,903 - $99,217  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Director of Development (Fundraising)

The role of a development director (fundraising) is to develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for their organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. The development director's primary responsibility, however, is to oversee fundraising, rather than to actually raise money themselves. This person may write grants, research foundations and corporations, and oversee or implement fundraising strategies; they mostly work mostly behind the scenes, establishing a structure for effective fundraising.
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Director of Development (Fundraising) Tasks
  • Develops public relations programs to promote fundraising.
  • Oversees research, identification, and preparation of fundraising proposals.
  • Develops long-range fundraising strategies and programs to solicit funding.
  • Evaluates the organization's future financial goals and needs.

Common Career Paths for Director of Development (Fundraising)

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Director of Development (Fundraising)s. At the upper end, those who move into an Executive Director role can bring in an extra $13,344 per year. Director of Development (Fundraising)s most often move into positions as Non-Profit Development Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors, where they typically take pay cuts of $8,029 or $2,039 per year.

Director of Development (Fundraising) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Survey results imply that Director of Development (Fundraising)s put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with People Management, major gifts, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Event Planning. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development (Fundraising)

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Director of Development (Fundraising)s with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $51K, they climb to $62K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $69K. Wages continue to improve for Director of Development (Fundraising)s after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $80K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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For Director of Development (Fundraising)s, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east—New York, Washington, and Boston—all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Director of Development (Fundraising)s in the country. Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers also pay below the national average in Milwaukee (-9 percent) and Charlotte (-2 percent).

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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
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Grant Writing
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$61,000
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Event Planning
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 296 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 13%
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