Grant Writer Salary

The average Grant Writer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $43K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $30K and $73K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Grant Writers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,126 - $60,585

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$12.98 - $50.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,126 - $60,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,745  
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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$29,548 - $73,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 816
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $50.43  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,036  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,745  
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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$29,548 - $73,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 478
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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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Grant Writers do not often transition into Director of Grants roles. The role averages $63K per year. 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 $12K 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 Government Grants, Research Analysis, Project Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Technical Writing. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Grant Writers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Grant Writers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Grant Writers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Chicago and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 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 18%

Research Analysis
up arrow 8%


Grant Writing
up arrow 3%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 3%

Grant Submission
up arrow 3%

Grant Management
up arrow 2%

Editing
0%

National Average
$44,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 34%
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