Grant Writer Salary

For Grant Writers, yearly average wages total $44K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $30K, and the top verges on $74K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although the greater part have medical coverage and approximately half have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Grant Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Grant Writers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,408 - $62,327
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,718
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$13.67 - $50.42
(Median)
$14
$24
$50
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,408 - $62,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,079  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,191  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$29,968 - $73,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 882
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.67 - $50.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.27  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,079  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $37,191  
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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$29,968 - $73,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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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While not commonly seen, Grant Writers who transition into a Director of Grants position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Directors of Grants is $63K per year. Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development are common next-step roles for Grant Writers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Grant Writers is $12K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Directors of Non-Profit Development.

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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, 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 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Grant Writers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Grant Writers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,896

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

California is a land of opportunity for Grant Writers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. In Dallas, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Philadelphia and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 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
$45,000


Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Government Grants
up arrow 16%



Proposal Writing
up arrow 3%

Grant Writing
up arrow 2%

Grant Management
up arrow 2%

Grant Submission
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Editing
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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