Grant Writer Salary

The average Grant Writer in the United States earns approximately $45K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Grant Writers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The majority of Grant Writers claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,285 - $65,196
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$45K
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MEDIAN: $45,469
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$14.32 - $51.08
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MEDIAN: $24.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,285 - $65,196  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$31,488 - $78,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $51.08  
   
Overtime
$19.06 - $96.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$31,488 - $78,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 323

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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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While Grant Writers do not often become Directors of Grants, the job pays $63K per year on average. Grant Writers most often move into positions as Senior Grant Writers or Directors of Non-Profit Development; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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, facility with Federal Grants, Government Grants, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 20 percent, and 6 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.


For many Grant Writers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $51K. Grant Writers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $67K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,615

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

Home to some of the best pay for Grant Writers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. Grant Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+26 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Omaha, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 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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Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries

▲43%

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
▲41%

Government Grants
▲20%





Grant Writing
▼0%

National Average
$47,000


▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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