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Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States can expect wages of $42K per year on average. Compensation ranges between $29K and $72K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Grant Writers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Grant Writers (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Although nearly one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$29,405 - $60,618
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,223
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$13.50 - $49.92
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,405 - $60,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,913  
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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$29,095 - $72,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $49.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.78  
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 - $3,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $4,913  
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).
)
$29,095 - $72,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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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It's not very common for Grant Writers to move on to become Directors of Grants. Average pay for a Director of Grants is $62K annually. Grant Writers most often move into positions as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Grant Writers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 6 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Technical Writing. It is often found that people who know Grant Management are 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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 $48K. Grant Writers bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Grant Writers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Grant Writers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Grant Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Denver (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Chicago and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 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
$43,000


Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries



Grant Management
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Proposal Writing
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Grant Submission
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Editing
0%

National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 267 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 34%