Grants Administrator Salary

Average Grants Administrators in the United States make around $51K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Grants Administrators is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Grants Administrators make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,508 - $71,313
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,650
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$14.16 - $32.88
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,508 - $71,313  
   
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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$34,811 - $71,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $32.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.82  
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).
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$34,811 - $71,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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 transition into an upper level Grants Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Grants Manager makes $51K a year.

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Popular Skills for Grants Administrator


Grants Administrators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Federal Grants, Grant Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Grant Writing. The majority of those who know Budget Management also know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Grants Administrators, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Grants Administrators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+29 percent), Houston (+26 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Denver (+18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 35 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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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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Grant Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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