Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States pull down an average of $46K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Grant Writers (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by around half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$32,789 - $66,276
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $45,788
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$14.58 - $51.20
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MEDIAN: $24.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,789 - $66,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$31,513 - $79,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 545
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $51.20  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $76.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
   
Profit Sharing
$475.00  
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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$31,513 - $79,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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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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There are some Grant Writers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Grants, where earnings are an average $63K annually. It is quite typical for Grant Writers to transition into roles as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development, where reported median earnings are $11K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Survey results suggest that Grant Writers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Federal Grants, Government Grants, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Grant Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Grant Writers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. Grant Writers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,925

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

For Grant Writers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Grant Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+33 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Omaha. Workers in Baltimore and Dallas earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 7 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.

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Key Stats for Grant Writer

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries

▲42%

▲15%

▲8%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
▲40%

Government Grants
▲19%





Grant Writing
▼0%

National Average
$47,000

▼1%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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