Program Officer, Foundation Salary

The average Foundation Program Officer in the United States earns approximately $59K per year. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and geography. Most Foundation Program Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Foundation Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,311 - $99,920
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$40K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $58,745
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$12.44 - $42.66
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$43
MEDIAN: $27.00
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Salary
$40,311 - $99,920  
   
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$0.00 - $10,106  
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$40,324 - $101,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 658
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Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $42.66  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $48.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,106  
   
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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$40,324 - $101,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Program Officer, Foundation

Program officers for foundations are responsible for all aspects of the evaluation and distribution of their foundation's grants. Foundations are involved in many financial activities, such as scholarship and grant funding; program officers are heavily involved in these activities, evaluating scholarship applications and/or grant proposals.

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Program Officer, Foundation Tasks

  • Follow up and assess funded initiatives.
  • Support program research and overall grant administration for a non-profit foundation.
  • Market and manage outreach efforts for special programs.
  • Manage grant-related correspondence and records.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Officer, Foundation


With a median salary of only $68K (68 percent lower than the top payer), Open Society Institute lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Program Officer, Foundation


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Project Management, Grant Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Marketing Communications as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Grant Management are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Officer, Foundation

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


For many Foundation Program Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $51K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. Foundation Program Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $80K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 47 percent, Foundation Program Officers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Foundation Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+36 percent), Denver (+20 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Washington (7 percent lower) and Baltimore (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Officer, Foundation Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Program Officer, Foundation Salaries

Budget Management
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Project Management
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Grant Management
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National Average
$59,000

Program Management
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Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 5%
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