Director of Development (Fundraising) Salary

Median pay for Directors of Fundraising Development in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $64K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Directors of Fundraising Development report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Directors of Fundraising Development survey respondents are women (75 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,073 - $100,597
(Median)
$41K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,870
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$13.62 - $39.15
(Median)
$14
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,073 - $100,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,006  
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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$40,790 - $101,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 984
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $39.15  
   
Overtime
$0.75 - $27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,006  
   
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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$40,790 - $101,406  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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 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 become Directors of Non-Profit Development and Non-Profit Executive Directors even though median compensation is $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Development (Fundraising)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relationship Management and Event Planning. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, 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.


Directors of Fundraising Development with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. Directors of Fundraising Development claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $72K. 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 $81K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Directors of Fundraising Development, 39 percent higher than the national average. Directors of Fundraising Development can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+31 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$64,000


Skills That Affect Director of Development (Fundraising) Salaries

People Management
up arrow 21%


major gifts
up arrow 8%

Grant Management
up arrow 3%

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

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 181 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
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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