Grant Writer Salary

An average Grant Writer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Grant Writers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and about one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most Grant Writers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$32,317 - $65,970
$32K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,206
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$14.74 - $51.69
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MEDIAN: $24.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,317 - $65,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$31,413 - $80,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $51.69  
   
Overtime
$22.63 - $51.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$31,413 - $80,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 330

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Job Description for Grant Writer

Grant writers monitor, apply for, write, and report on grants, with many of these individuals working in nonprofit or government organizations.

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Grant Writer Tasks

  • Writes and develops grant proposals.
  • Serves as a contact with potential grantor after submission of proposal.
  • Researches funding sources that match specific projects and programs.
  • Supplies post-award progress reports to grantors as required.

Common Career Paths for Grant Writer


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There are some Grant Writers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Grants, where earnings are an average $63K annually. The most common next step for a Grant Writer is to become a Senior Grant Writer or a Director of Non-Profit Development. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Grant Writers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Federal Grants, Government Grants, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Grant Management also tend to know Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

Pay by Experience for a Grant Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Grant Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 518 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Grant Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 253 salaries. An experienced Grant Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 208 salaries. A Grant Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 77 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,438

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Grant Writers, Boston provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Grant Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+34 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). In Omaha, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Baltimore and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent less).

Grant Writer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Grant Writer?

Grant Writer in Portland:
"Funding Youth Opportunities at a Personal Cost."
Pros: The collaboration with colleagues across the organization that writing and managing grants requires, is undoubtedly one of two special qualities of my job--the second being the opportunities (although limited) to interact with youth and families served by the organization.
Cons: The monotony and lack of opportunity to participate in the creative exercises of program development and/or service delivery I write about. Equally unpleasant and disheartening is my grant reporting responsibility when involving poorly managed projects or programs, and the defacto role I must take on of collecting, tracking, and aggregating data, in order to positively frame conclusions for the report.

Grant Writer in Barnwell:
"Grant writer summary."
Pros: I enjoy working with the educators trying to meet their needs and researching innovative projects and matching them with available grants. The medical benefits package is good. I like the amount of time for vacation and days off because I work on a public school schedule.
Cons: The salary is below the minimum for this job position. I don't like having to work against misconceptions about what a grant writer can do.

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Key Stats for Grant Writer

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries

▲43%

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
▲41%

Government Grants
▲21%





Grant Writing
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 35%
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