Grants Administrator Salary

Grants Administrators in the United States pull down an average of $51K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Grants Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most Grants Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,466 - $71,305
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,753
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$14.53 - $32.81
(Median)
$15
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,466 - $71,305  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,072  
Profit Sharing
$644 - $4,750  
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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$34,839 - $71,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $32.81  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,072  
   
Profit Sharing
$644 - $4,750  
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).
)
$34,839 - $71,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Job Description for Grants Administrator

Grant administrators are responsible for overseeing grants for their organization. They appropriate and allocate funds, as well as handle all paperwork and applications that need processing. Grant administrators also works with clients on a day-to-day basis, performing tasks such as reviewing budgets, conducting background checks, gathering information, providing guidance, and finalizing grants. Additionally, this individual might spend time working with grant recipients, making sure they are following grant guidelines and that the money is being used for the purposes for which it was provided.

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Grants Administrator Tasks

  • Reviews ongoing administration of grants to ensure compliance.
  • Negotiates and interprets sub award terms and conditions.
  • Ensures proposals are in compliance with sponsor requirements.
  • Oversees the preparation and submission of financial reports to grantor agencies.

Common Career Paths for Grants Administrator


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Grants Administrators who go on to become Grants Managers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Grants Manager, an upper-level role, pays $51K.

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Popular Skills for Grants Administrator


Typical Grants Administrators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Federal Grants, Budget Management, Grant Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Grant Writing. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Federal Grants.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants Administrator

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


For Grants Administrators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. Grants Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Grants Administrators in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Grants Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+29 percent), Houston (+26 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). Grants Administrators in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 35 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Grants Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Grants Administrator Salaries

Budget Management
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Federal Grants
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National Average
$50,000

Grant Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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