Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (United States)

Director of Development (Fundraising)s in the United States pull down an average of $61,497 per year. Pay ranges from $39,903 on the low end to $99,217 per year on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 77 percent of workers. For the most part, Director of Development (Fundraising)s enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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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For Director of Development (Fundraising)s, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Executive Director will earn $13,344 more than someone not as far along in their career. 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.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Director of Development (Fundraising)s report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Event Planning. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent 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.
For many but not all Director of Development (Fundraising)s, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $51K to $62K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $69K. Pay continues to grow for Director of Development (Fundraising)s after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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Director of Development (Fundraising)s earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: New York, Washington, and Boston each offer salaries above the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 19 percent below the national average. Milwaukee and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -9 percent and -2 percent, respectively.

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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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major gifts
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Grant Writing
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$61,000
Strategic Planning
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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%