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Fundraiser Salary

Fundraisers in the United States take home approximately $46K per year on average. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Female Fundraisers make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Job satisfaction for Fundraisers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$29,285 - $90,639
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MEDIAN: $46,085
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$10.47 - $29.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,285 - $90,639  
   
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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$26,737 - $90,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.47 - $29.59  
   
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$32K$64K$96K
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).
)
$26,737 - $90,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Fundraisers who advance to upper-end positions like Non-Profit Executive Director. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $59K per year.

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Fundraisers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $40K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $86K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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 92%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 12%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%