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Fundraiser Salary

Fundraisers in the United States take home an average $45K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Fundraisers survey respondents are women (73 percent). The majority of Fundraisers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,403 - $90,670
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$91K
MEDIAN: $45,340
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90%

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$9.89 - $24.27
(Median)
$9
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$29,403 - $90,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,500  
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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$25,367 - $87,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $24.27  
   
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  
   
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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$25,367 - $87,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.

Common Career Paths for Fundraiser


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For Fundraisers, progressing to a Non-Profit Executive Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Non-Profit Executive Director can earn $59K annually.

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Fundraisers usually report a few specific 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Fundraisers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Fundraisers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $69K.

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 60%

Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 9%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 24%
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