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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (United States)

Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States pull down an average of $62K annually. In the world of Directors of Fundraising Development, overall income ranges from $40K near the bottom to $100K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Directors of Fundraising Development enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Directors of Fundraising Development survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$40,317 - $98,931
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MEDIAN: $62,426
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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$13.28 - $34.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,317 - $98,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,021  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,657  
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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$40,208 - $99,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $34.25  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $22.25  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,657  
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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$40,208 - $99,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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Directors of Fundraising Development may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Executive Director. The median pay for Executive Directors is $74K 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 $3K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Directors of Fundraising Development report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, major gifts, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relationship Management, Event Planning, and Strategic Planning. Most people who know Event Planning also 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. 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 $82K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
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Directors of Fundraising Development can earn above-average salaries when they head east to New York, Boston, and Washington, the three most well-paid cities in the country for Directors of Fundraising Development. In Denver, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Seattle (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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major gifts
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Marketing Communications
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Grant Writing
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National Average
$63,000
Event Planning
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Strategic 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 263 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 12%