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Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States pull down an average of $42K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $29K to $72K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Grant Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Grant Writers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,741 - $60,435
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,438
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$12.76 - $49.92
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$13
$22
$50
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,741 - $60,435  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $3,100  
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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$29,246 - $72,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 809
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $49.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $3,100  
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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$29,246 - $72,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Grants. That role pays $62K per year on average. 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 $13K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Grant Writers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Project Management, Grant Submission, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Writing. For most people, competency in Grant Management indicates knowledge of Proposal Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

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


For Grant Writers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $48K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Grant Writers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Grant Writers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Grant Writers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Dallas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Chicago and 4 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Research Analysis
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Grant Management
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Editing
0%

National Average
$43,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 230 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 34%