Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. Overall cash earnings for Directors of Fundraising Development stretch from $41K on the lower end to $104K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $12K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Fundraising Development making up 76 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,023 - $102,394
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $65,120
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$13.97 - $73.08
(Median)
$14
$21
$73
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,023 - $102,394  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,130  
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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$40,806 - $104,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,035
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $73.08  
   
Overtime
$1.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,130  
   
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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$40,806 - $104,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.

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Directors of Fundraising Development who become Executive Directors may see a small rise in pay. On average, Executive Directors earn $74K per year.

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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, skills in People Management, Major Gifts Fundraising, Strategic Planning, and major gifts are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning and Customer Relationship Management. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know 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 Directors of Fundraising Development, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. Directors of Fundraising Development who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. Directors of Fundraising Development who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,269

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

For Directors of Fundraising Development, Boston provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Fundraising Development will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). In Denver, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (7 percent less) and Atlanta (4 percent less).

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
$65,000


Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 18%

Major Gifts Fundraising
up arrow 12%


major gifts
up arrow 5%

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Grant Management
0%

National Average
$65,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 5%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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