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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (United States)

For Directors of Fundraising Development, annual wages usually total $61K per year. Total cash compensation to Directors of Fundraising Development bottoms out near $40K and approaches $99K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $12K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Fundraising Development are women (77 percent). For the most part, Directors of Fundraising Development enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$40,071 - $98,484
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MEDIAN: $61,455
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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary (?
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$13.18 - $35.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,071 - $98,484  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
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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$39,903 - $99,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$1.47 - $22.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,082  
   
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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$39,903 - $99,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Directors of Fundraising Development who advance to upper-end positions like Executive Director. Median pay for Executive Directors is $75K per year. Directors of Fundraising Development most often move into Director of Non-Profit Development or Non-Profit Executive Director roles. However, the former pays $8K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)

Directors of Fundraising Development report using a wide range of professional 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 25 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relationship Management and Event Planning. It is often found that people who know Event Planning are also skilled 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.
For many Directors of Fundraising Development, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $62K. On average, Directors of Fundraising Development make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Directors of Fundraising Development who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $80K. Just over a half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about an eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle
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National Average
$61,000
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Denver
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For Directors of Fundraising Development, New York, Washington, and Boston, three eastern American cities, are home to the highest salaries in the country, all offering a rate above the national average. Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Milwaukee and Charlotte (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
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major gifts
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Grant Writing
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$61,000
Strategic Planning
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Event 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 296 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 13%