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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States take home an average $63K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Directors of Fundraising Development enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Directors of Fundraising Development make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,819 - $100,578
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$41K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,376
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$13.28 - $34.25
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$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,819 - $100,578  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,014  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $11,179  
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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$40,571 - $101,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $34.25  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $22.25  
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 - $10,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $11,179  
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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$40,571 - $101,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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 Directors of Fundraising Development who go on to become Executive Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, an Executive Director earns $73K annually. A lot of Directors of Fundraising Development advance their careers by becoming Directors of Non-Profit Development and Non-Profit Executive Directors. However, those positions offer $9K less and $4K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)


Survey results show that Directors of Fundraising Development use a fair number of 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 22 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management 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.


Directors of Fundraising Development who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. For Directors of Fundraising Development, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $81K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Eastern cities like New York, Boston, and Washington are lucrative areas for Directors of Fundraising Development, where pay is higher than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Austin and 1 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 22%

major gifts
up arrow 9%

Grant Management
up arrow 4%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Grant Writing
0%

National Average
$63,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 12%
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