Earnings for Grants Administrators in the United States come in at around $54K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are far more female Grants Administrators who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 83 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,213 - $76,827
(Median)
$39K
$54K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,219
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$13.78 - $34.52
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$14
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,213 - $76,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
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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$35,690 - $77,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$36.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,463  
   
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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$35,690 - $77,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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.

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Grants Administrators' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Grants Manager. Median pay for Grants Managers is $52K.

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Popular Skills for Grants Administrator


Survey results suggest that Grants Administrators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Federal Grants, Budget Management, Grant Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Grant Writing and Project Management. Most people skilled in Federal Grants are similarly competent in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants Administrator

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


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 $59K. For Grants Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $63K. For some reason, Grants Administrators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,906

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

For Grants Administrators, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Grants Administrators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+28 percent), New York (+24 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). Grants Administrators in Austin earn salaries far below the national average by 38 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Grants Administrator Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Grants Administrator Salaries


Grant Management
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$53,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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