Fundraiser Salary

Average Fundraisers in the United States make around $46K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Fundraisers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Most Fundraisers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,060 - $91,069
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$91K
MEDIAN: $45,989
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$9.84 - $26.77
(Median)
$9
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$31,060 - $91,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,822  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$27,534 - $90,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $26.77  
   
Overtime
$23.80  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,822  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,534 - $90,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Fundraiser


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For Fundraisers, progressing to a Director of Fundraising Development role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Fundraising Development can earn $61K annually.

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Fundraisers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Grant Writing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication, 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. Fundraisers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $88K.

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 98%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

Grant Writing
up arrow 25%

National Average
$44,000

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 12%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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