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Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

The three top-paying cities for Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States — New York, Boston, and Washington — are all on the East Coast. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Directors of Fundraising Development claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Fundraising Development survey respondents are women (77 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,595 - $99,739
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,270
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$13.38 - $31.09
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,595 - $99,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,011  
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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$40,281 - $100,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 993
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $31.09  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $22.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,011  
   
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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$40,281 - $100,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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 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)


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 22 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relationship Management, Event Planning, and Strategic Planning. Most people experienced in 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Directors of Fundraising Development. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Eastern cities like New York, Boston, and Washington are lucrative areas for Directors of Fundraising Development, where pay is higher than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 17 percent below the national average.

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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
up arrow 22%

major gifts
up arrow 9%


Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$63,000


Strategic Planning
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%