Grant Writer Salary
Pay for Grant Writers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Grant Writers are female. Work is enjoyable for Grant Writers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and around half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
A grant is a sum of money that an organization or individual can receive to start, complete, or continue a project. Grant writers help to coordinate the entire process: They are responsible for writing the majority of the grant, including researching evidence to support it. After a grant is received, a grant writer ensures the funds are used in the manner described in the grant. Depending on the grant, a grant writer may also be responsible for providing documentation on how grant funds were used and their effect on the organization or project. Grant writers may also be responsible for facilitating other fundraising activities unrelated to grants, especially in nonprofit organizations.
Grant writers’ hours vary greatly depending on the industry. Writers in the nonprofit sector may have more flexibility in working hours than those in governmental agencies, who typically work during regular business hours. Grant writers may be required to travel, especially depending on the success of the grant. Finally, a successful grant writer has enormous potential to create and maintain successful programs that can impact a community, so writers should have a passion for the organization in which they work.
Grant writers are usually required to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Experience in their organization's or program's specific area of interest is required. For example, a grant writer for an educational program would be required to have at least two years of educational experience. Grant writers must also be extremely organized and able to work with limited resources. Also, they must be able to manage multiple ongoing projects and provide reports and presentations as necessary. They also work closely with other staff members and clients of the organization, so good interpersonal skills are important.
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
It's not very common for Grant Writers to move on to become Directors of Grants. Average pay for a Director of Grants is $63K annually. 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 $11K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Directors of Non-Profit Development.
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Popular Skills for Grant Writer
Survey results show that Grant Writers use a fair number of 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 47 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $42K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. On average, Grant Writers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $66K.
Pay Difference by 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 Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Omaha, 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (14 percent lower) and Philadelphia (9 percent lower).
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