Program Officer, Foundation Salary

Median pay for Foundation Program Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $59K annually. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and geographic location are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Foundation Program Officers making up 75 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Foundation Program Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,341 - $99,813
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$40K
$59K
$100K
MEDIAN: $58,816
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$13.50 - $40.50
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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Salary
$40,341 - $99,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,116  
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$40,366 - $101,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662
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Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $40.50  
   
Overtime
$15.26 - $48.18  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,116  
   
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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$40,366 - $101,261  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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


Open Society Institute lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 68 percent less than the top paying company ($68K).

Popular Skills for Program Officer, Foundation


Survey results suggest that Foundation Program Officers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Project Management, Grant Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Marketing Communications and Oral / Verbal Communication, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Grant Management also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $80K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $92K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Foundation Program Officers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 47 percent. Foundation Program Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+36 percent), Denver (+20 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Workers in Washington and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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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
0%

National Average
$59,000

Program Management
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Research Analysis
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 23%

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
34%
5-9 years
41%
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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