Fundraiser Salary

Earnings for Fundraisers in the United States come in at around $46K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Fundraisers survey respondents are women (76 percent). Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,457 - $89,532
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$90K
MEDIAN: $46,156
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$9.87 - $24.36
(Median)
$9
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$30,457 - $89,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,822  
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 - $87,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $24.36  
   
Overtime
$11.38 - $27.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,822  
   
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 - $87,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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At the upper end, Fundraisers who move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is a much higher $59K per year.

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Typical Fundraisers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Fundraising, Event Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Marketing Communications, Customer Relationship Management, and Event Planning.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $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 57%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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