Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $43K annually. Earnings generally vary between $29K and $73K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Grant Writers who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. Some workers in this field — about a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The majority of Grant Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,091 - $60,799
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,935
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$12.86 - $50.35
(Median)
$13
$24
$50
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,091 - $60,799  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,058  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,480  
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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$29,463 - $73,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 817
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.86 - $50.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,058  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,480  
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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$29,463 - $73,121  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Grant Writer


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While Grant Writers do not often become Directors of Grants, the job pays $63K per year on average. It is quite typical for Grant Writers to transition into roles as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development, where reported median earnings are $12K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Grant Writers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Government Grants, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing. Those proficient in Grant Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Proposal Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Grant Writers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Grant Writers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Grant Writers in San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Grant Writers. In Chicago, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Grant Writer Reviews

What is it like working as a Grant Writer?

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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Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Government Grants
up arrow 18%

Research Analysis
up arrow 7%


Grant Writing
up arrow 3%

Grant Management
up arrow 3%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 3%

Grant Submission
up arrow 3%

Editing
0%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 34%
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