Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

More than half of Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $45K to $111K per year, and the average comes out to $71K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Directors of Fundraising Development make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Job satisfaction for Directors of Fundraising Development is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,547 - $109,601
$46K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,313
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$14.68 - $57.61
$15
$22
$58
MEDIAN: $22.49
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$0$111K
Salary $45,547 - $109,601
Bonus $511 - $19,432
Profit Sharing $4,913
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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$44,702 - $111,122
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 886
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $14.68 - $57.61
Overtime $34.82
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $511 - $19,432
Profit Sharing $4,913
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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$44,702 - $111,122
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30

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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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For Directors of Fundraising Development, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Directors of Fundraising Development earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Executive Director.

Director of Development (Fundraising) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)


Survey results imply that Directors of Fundraising Development deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know People Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 39 percent above average. Strategic Planning and Major Gifts Fundraising are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 39 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Event Planning, and Marketing Communications. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Pay by Experience for a Director of Development (Fundraising) has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Development (Fundraising) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 214 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Development (Fundraising) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 353 salaries. An experienced Director of Development (Fundraising) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 354 salaries. A Director of Development (Fundraising) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,272

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

Directors of Fundraising Development will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Directors of Fundraising Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+34 percent), Boston (+30 percent), New York (+30 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Portland and 15 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Director of Development (Fundraising) Reviews

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

Director of Development (Fundraising) in New York:
"Challenging and rewarding."
Pros: Networking, fundraising and creativeness.
Cons: Proposal writing.

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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Key Stats for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$71,000

▼3%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
▲39%



National Average
$71,000

▼3%


Grant Management
▼3%

major gifts
▼3%

▼10%



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 11%
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