Grant Writer Salary

For Grant Writers, yearly average wages total $46K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Over 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. Female Grant Writers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,040 - $66,436
$33K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,901
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$14.28 - $50.83
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MEDIAN: $23.90
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$0$77K
Salary $33,040 - $66,436
Bonus $0.00 - $3,973
Profit Sharing $825
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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$31,236 - $77,933
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 574
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $14.28 - $50.83
Overtime $21.60 - $44.71
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,973
Profit Sharing $825
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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$31,236 - $77,933
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 326

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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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While Grant Writers do not often become Directors of Grants, the job pays $63K per year on average. 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 $11K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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, facility with Federal Grants, Government Grants, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Grant Management are also skilled in 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: $46,686

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

Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Grant Writers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Grant Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+34 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Omaha. Workers in Baltimore and Dallas earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

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.

Grant Writer in San Francisco:
"Excellent."
Pros: Interesting work and I'm helping to raise funds for a cause that I care about.
Cons: It's very difficult to make ends meet.

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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 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries

▲42%

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
▲41%

Government Grants
▲20%





Grant Writing
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$47,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 36%
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