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Grants Administrator Salary

Grants Administrators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $51K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $35K, and the top verges on $71K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Grants Administrators survey respondents are women (79 percent). 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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$35,464 - $70,597
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,529
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$13.74 - $33.03
(Median)
$14
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$35,464 - $70,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
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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$34,588 - $70,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $33.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $41.54  
National Annualized 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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,093  
   
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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$34,588 - $70,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Federal Grants, Budget Management, Grant Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know Federal Grants.

Pay by Experience Level for Grants Administrator

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $46K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Grants Administrators see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $60K.

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 Houston (+27 percent), New York (+20 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Grants Administrators in Austin earning a whopping 35 percent below 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

Federal Grants
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Budget Management
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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 126 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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: 59% employee benefits None: 10%