The average Fundraiser in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Female Fundraisers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. 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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$35,701 - $79,733
(Median)
$36K
$48K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,480
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90%

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$9.55 - $28.81
(Median)
$9
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,701 - $79,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$31,210 - $74,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $28.81  
   
Overtime
$27.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,866  
   
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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$31,210 - $74,190  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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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Fundraisers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Fundraising Development. The average Director of Fundraising Development brings home $61K per year.

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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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $63K.

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 40%

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Fundraiser Salaries

Grant Writing
up arrow 15%

National Average
$45,000

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 6%

Donor Relations
up arrow 12%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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