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Fundraiser Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, over one-half of Fundraisers have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $46K per year. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Fundraisers making up 72 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
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  
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  
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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.

Common Career Paths for Fundraiser

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At the upper end, Fundraisers who move into an Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $59K per year.

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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. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Fundraisers. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $41K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $51K. Fundraisers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $86K. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

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%