Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

The average Director of Fundraising Development in the United States earns approximately $64K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Fundraising Development, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Fundraising Development making up 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,977 - $100,578
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,725
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$13.59 - $39.45
(Median)
$14
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,977 - $100,578  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,003  
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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$40,747 - $101,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $39.45  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,003  
   
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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$40,747 - $101,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Development (Fundraising)


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Directors of Fundraising Development who transition into new roles such as Executive Director may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Executive Director earns $73K per year. Directors of Fundraising Development most frequently advance into Director of Non-Profit Development and Non-Profit Executive Director roles even though the median salaries are $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)


Survey results suggest that Directors of Fundraising Development use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategic Planning, and major gifts are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management and Event Planning. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $52K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Fundraising Development, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Directors of Fundraising Development will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (6 percent lower) and Seattle (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%


major gifts
up arrow 8%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Grant Management
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
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National Average
$64,000

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
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: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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