Grant Writer Salary

Median pay for Grant Writers in the United States is around $43K per year. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $73K per year on the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Grant Writers. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. There are far more female Grant Writers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 84 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,073 - $60,735
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$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,006
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$13.05 - $50.34
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$24
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,073 - $60,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,043  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,745  
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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$29,516 - $73,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,745  
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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$29,516 - $73,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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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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Grant Writers who advance into the role of a Director of Grants are fairly uncommon. Directors of Grants on average earn $63K per year. Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development are common next-step roles for Grant Writers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Grant Writers is $12K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Directors of Non-Profit Development.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Survey results suggest that Grant Writers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Government Grants, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Writing. Most people experienced in Grant Management also know Proposal Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

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


Grant Writers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Grant Writers make a median salary of $53K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Grant Writers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles represent the three top-paying cities for Grant Writers in the United States. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Philadelphia, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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 6%


Grant Writing
up arrow 3%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 3%

Grant Submission
up arrow 3%

Grant Management
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
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: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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