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.
|Salary||$32,789 - $66,276|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,548|
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|$31,513 - $79,873|
|Hourly Rate||$14.58 - $51.20|
|Overtime||$22.30 - $76.25|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,548|
|Total Pay (||$31,513 - $79,873|
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.Read More...
A grant is a sum of money that an organization or individual can receive to start, complete, or continue a project. Grant writers help to coordinate the entire process: They are responsible for writing the majority of the grant, including researching evidence to support it. After a grant is received, a grant writer ensures the funds are used in the manner described in the grant. Depending on the grant, a grant writer may also be responsible for providing documentation on how grant funds were used and their effect on the organization or project. Grant writers may also be responsible for facilitating other fundraising activities unrelated to grants, especially in nonprofit organizations.
Grant writers’ hours vary greatly depending on the industry. Writers in the nonprofit sector may have more flexibility in working hours than those in governmental agencies, who typically work during regular business hours. Grant writers may be required to travel, especially depending on the success of the grant. Finally, a successful grant writer has enormous potential to create and maintain successful programs that can impact a community, so writers should have a passion for the organization in which they work.
Grant writers are usually required to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Experience in their organization's or program's specific area of interest is required. For example, a grant writer for an educational program would be required to have at least two years of educational experience. Grant writers must also be extremely organized and able to work with limited resources. Also, they must be able to manage multiple ongoing projects and provide reports and presentations as necessary. They also work closely with other staff members and clients of the organization, so good interpersonal skills are important.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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