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Donor Relations Manager Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $45K, around two in three of overall earnings for Donor Relations Managers arrives through commissions. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Donor Relations Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$34,489 - $64,024
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$34K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,179
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$12.90 - $27.14
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$13
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,489 - $64,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$33,287 - $64,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $27.14  
   
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$33,287 - $64,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Donor Relations Manager

  • Recruits and trains volunteers for events.
  • Manages the development of projects that attract funding.
  • Manages the identification and cultivation of potential donors.
  • Oversees press releases and announcements necessary for event success.

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Popular Skills for Donor Relations Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Project Management, Donor Relations, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Database Management & Reporting, Grant Writing, and Event Planning. For most people, competency in Fundraising indicates knowledge of Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Donor Relations Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Donor Relations Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. Donor Relations Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Donor Relations Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Donor Relations Manager?

Donor Relations Manager in Marshall:
"Overworked-Constantly Understaffed."
Pros: I like the work but the pay stinks.
Cons: The work load is too heavy for the pay with all the consistent other duties assigned.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Event Management
up arrow 10%


Donor Relations
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 6%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 11%

Grant Writing
up arrow 15%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%
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