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Grants Administrator Salary

Earnings for Grants Administrators in the United States come in at around $50K per year on average. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$35,243 - $69,691
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MEDIAN: $50,169
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$13.28 - $32.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,243 - $69,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
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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$34,522 - $69,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 441
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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).
)
$34,522 - $69,956  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Grants Administrators make a median salary of $57K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Grants Administrators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Grants Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+28 percent), Denver (+20 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Grants Administrator's salary, with Austin Grants Administrators earning salaries that are 34 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 141 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%