Fundraiser Salary

For Fundraisers, annual average wages total $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 76 percent. Job satisfaction for Fundraisers is high. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,259 - $89,532

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$9.87 - $28.12

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$30,259 - $89,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,822  
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$27,106 - $87,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $28.12  
   
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: 18 Jul 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.

Common Career Paths for Fundraiser


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Fundraisers who go on to become Directors of Fundraising Development may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Directors of Fundraising Development is $60K annually. When Fundraisers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Non-Profit Development or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $16K, respectively.

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Fundraisers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Fundraising, Event Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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. Fundraisers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $75K.

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 72%

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 40 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: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 24%
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