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.

$32,858 - $64,738
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,238
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$13.78 - $50.75
(Median)
$14
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,858 - $64,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
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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$31,004 - $77,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 580
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $50.75  
   
Overtime
$21.33 - $54.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
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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$31,004 - $77,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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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

National Average: $46,284

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 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).

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
$46,000


Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
up arrow 47%

Government Grants
up arrow 19%



Proposal Writing
up arrow 4%

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

Grant Management
up arrow 1%

Editing
0%

National Average
$46,000

Grant Submission
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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