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Fundraiser Salary

For Fundraisers, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Fundraisers make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just over one in five claim no health benefits at all. Most Fundraisers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,367 - $89,783
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$90K
MEDIAN: $44,919
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90%

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$10.23 - $24.83
(Median)
$10
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,367 - $89,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,500  
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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$26,477 - $87,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $24.83  
   
Overtime
$11.38 - $27.21  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,500  
   
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).
)
$26,477 - $87,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for Fundraiser

A fundraiser can be employed by many types of companies, including fundraising companies that are contracting work from other organizations and non-profits and healthcare organizations.

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Fundraiser Tasks

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

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Fundraisers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Non-Profit Executive Director. The average Non-Profit Executive Director brings home $59K per year.

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Survey takers who work as Fundraisers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Fundraising, Customer Relationship Management, and Marketing Communications can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Marketing Communications and Customer Relationship Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Fundraiser

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


Fundraisers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $39K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. Fundraisers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

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 74%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 9%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%