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Grant Writer Salary

Earnings for Grant Writers in the United States come in at around $43K per year on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $29K, and the top verges on $72K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Grant Writers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Grant Writers (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,969 - $60,493
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$30K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,809
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$12.98 - $50.01
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,969 - $60,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,055  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $3,100  
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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$29,458 - $72,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 817
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $50.01  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $3,100  
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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$29,458 - $72,245  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 473

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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 $62K per year on average. Grant Writers typically move into roles as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development, and those positions pay $12K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 19 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Grant Writers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Grant Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Denver (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Dallas (7 percent lower and 6 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 19%

Research Analysis
up arrow 9%



Grant Writing
up arrow 4%

Grant Management
up arrow 4%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 4%

Editing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 224 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

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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