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Donor Relations Manager Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (about two in three) of final income for Donor Relations Managers. That final number averages out to $45K across the industry. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Donor Relations Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are far more female Donor Relations Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,296 - $64,459
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$34K
$45K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,244
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$13.09 - $26.80
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$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,296 - $64,459  
   
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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$33,184 - $65,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $26.80  
   
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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$33,184 - $65,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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


Donor Relations Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Event Management, Project Management, Fundraising, and Donor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Grant Writing, Database Management & Reporting, and Event Planning. The majority of those who know Fundraising also know Marketing Communications.

Pay by Experience Level for Donor Relations Manager

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


Donor Relations Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $42K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $48K. Donor Relations Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Donor Relations Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $58K on average.

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.

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Experience Affects Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Donor Relations Manager Salaries

Event Management
up arrow 10%


Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Donor Relations
0%

National Average
$45,000

Marketing Communications
up arrow 7%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 12%

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 14%

Grant Writing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
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: 57% employee benefits None: 10%