Grants Administrator Salary

The average Grants Administrator in the United States earns approximately $52K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Grants Administrators survey respondents are women (79 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Grants Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,818 - $73,686
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,669
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$12.91 - $33.75
(Median)
$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,818 - $73,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,888  
Profit Sharing
$3,439  
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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$35,040 - $73,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $33.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,888  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,439  
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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$35,040 - $73,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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Many Grants Administrators move into a Grants Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Grants Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Grants Administrators.

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Popular Skills for Grants Administrator


Grants Administrators only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Federal Grants, Project Management, Budget Management, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Grants Administrators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Grants Administrators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. As Grants Administrators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,122

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

With a pay rate for Grants Administrators that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Grants Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), New York (+29 percent), San Diego (+27 percent), and Houston (+24 percent). Grants Administrators in Austin make 36 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Grants Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Grants Administrator Salaries

Federal Grants
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Budget Management
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Grant Management
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Grant Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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