Fundraiser Salary (United States)

With more than half of Fundraisers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $45,295 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $27,106 to $88,962 per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—23 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Fundraisers are women (72 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Fundraiser Salary (?
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$29,372 - $88,261
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MEDIAN: $46,405
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Fundraiser Salary (?
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$10.41 - $30.00
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$29,372 - $88,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Commission
$1,500 - $17,500  
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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$27,106 - $88,962  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.41 - $30.00  
   
Overtime
$11.38 - $27.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $17,500  
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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$27,106 - $88,962  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Fundraiser

  • Assists in the management of special events.
  • Trains, supervises, and coaches volunteers.
  • Develops and plans key fundraising activities.
  • Receives pledges and funds from donors.

Common Career Paths for Fundraiser

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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Fundraisers. At the upper end, those who move into an Non-Profit Executive Director role can bring in an extra $14,164 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Fundraiser

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Fundraisers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $41K can reach $51K. Salary comes to $61K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Fundraisers typically earn $86K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Fundraiser Reviews

What is it like working as a Fundraiser?
Fundraiser in Oakland:
"Lives Or Dies On Your Shoulders."
Pros: My job is relatively calm and boring as most of my time is spent searching for grants or attending events where I drink with high powered politicians and solicit donations.
Cons: It's a pretty laid back job except if for the part that if I fail, the company fails with me. There's a drastic amount of pressure to succeed when the budget gets tight and everyone's job is at risk if you aren't successful when it counts.

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Experience Affects Fundraiser Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 90%
Experienced
up arrow 35%
Mid-Career
up arrow 12%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

Fundraising
up arrow 4%
National Average
$45,000
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%
Marketing Communications
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%
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