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Grant Writer Salary

Median pay for Grant Writers in the United States is around $43K per year. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $72K per year on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Grant Writers is high. Women account for the majority of Grant Writers who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,034 - $60,601
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$30K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,006
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$13.05 - $50.09
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$23
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,034 - $60,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
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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$29,500 - $72,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 816
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $50.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
   
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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$29,500 - $72,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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While not commonly seen, Grant Writers who transition into a Director of Grants position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Grants is $63K per year. Grant Writers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Survey results imply that Grant Writers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Government Grants, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Grant Submission are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Grant Writers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Grant Writers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Chicago and 6 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 8%


Grant Writing
up arrow 4%

Grant Management
up arrow 4%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 4%

Grant Submission
up arrow 4%

Editing
0%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 217 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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