Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $30K to $74K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Grant Writers who took the survey — 84 percent to be exact. While roughly one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,408 - $62,327
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$30K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,718
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$13.67 - $50.42
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$14
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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 (?
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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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Grant Writers do not often transition into Director of Grants roles. The role averages $63K per year. 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 $12K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 pay less than market rate 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,896

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

For Grant Writers, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

Grant Writer Reviews

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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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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