Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K annually on average but can range from $43K to $109K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Fundraising Development making up 76 percent. Job satisfaction for Directors of Fundraising Development is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,257 - $106,881
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$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $67,531
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$14.87 - $75.50
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$15
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$76
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,257 - $106,881  
   
Bonus
$962 - $19,797  
Profit Sharing
$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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$42,517 - $108,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$962 - $19,797  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$42,517 - $108,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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

  • 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 (Fundraising)


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Moving into an Executive Director position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $75K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)


Survey results imply that Directors of Fundraising Development deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Major Gifts Fundraising, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. Those educated in Event Planning tend to be well versed in Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development (Fundraising)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. Directors of Fundraising Development claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $85K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,574

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

With a pay rate for Directors of Fundraising Development that is 48 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Fundraising Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+42 percent), New York (+38 percent), Washington (+31 percent), and Chicago (+29 percent). In Portland, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Charlotte and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Director of Development (Fundraising) Reviews

What is it like working as a Director of Development (Fundraising)?

Director of Development (Fundraising) in Dayton:
"Dedicated Nonprofit professional."
Pros: Building relationships. Making a positive impact. Diversity of job.
Cons: Pay.

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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 46%



major gifts
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Grant Management
0%

National Average
$68,000

Donor Relations
up arrow 2%




Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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