The average Donor Relations Manager in the United States earns approximately $47K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Donor Relations Managers (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Donor Relations Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,281 - $66,243
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$35K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,456
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$12.30 - $24.96
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,281 - $66,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
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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$31,711 - $65,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $24.96  
   
Overtime
$28.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
   
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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$31,711 - $65,409  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Donor Relations Manager

Donor relations managers are tasked with expanding the pool of benefactors for an organization using a variety of marketing techniques, such as social media, television, and print. They are also responsible for maintaining the flow of contributions and overseeing how contributions are received and utilized.

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Donor Relations Manager Tasks

  • 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Oral / Verbal Communication, Event Management, and Donor Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software. It is often found that people who know Fundraising are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. On average, Donor Relations Managers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Donor Relations Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.

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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.

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Experience Affects Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 33%

Event Management
up arrow 11%


Project Management
up arrow 3%

Fundraising
0%

National Average
$46,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Grant Writing
up arrow 5%


Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
up arrow 9%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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