Senior Grant Writers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent two in three of Senior Grant Writers. Salaries average out to around $62K per year and spread from $50K to $92K per year. Career length and the particular city 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 around half. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,858 - $80,000
(Median)
$49K
$62K
$80K
MEDIAN: $62,125
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$30.00 - $61.27
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,858 - $80,000  
   
Bonus
$5,500  
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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$49,666 - $91,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$38.76  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Bonus
$5,500  
   
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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$49,666 - $91,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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Job Description for Senior Grant Writer

Senior grant writers typically collaborate with key leadership personnel in an organization, such as the chief development officer, chief executive officer, chief marketing officer, and vice president, to increase company revenue and oversee fundraising endeavors. Senior grant writers may create persuasive proposals, formal reports, solicitation letters, and other materials for corporations, foundations, and individual donors, and they must also be dedicated team members who can work with various groups such as prospective managers, donor relations staff, and communication staff.

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Senior Grant Writer Tasks

  • Serves as a contact with potential grantor after submission of proposal.
  • Supplies post-award progress reports to grantors as required.
  • Edits associates' grant proposals.
  • Writes and develops grant proposals.
  • Leads the research for investigating funding sources.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Grant Writer

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. Senior Grant Writers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. Senior Grant Writers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $61K.

Senior Grant Writer Advice

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Senior Grant Writer in Lubbock:
"Minimal Coworkers and Additional Duties."
Grant writers are only as good as the information they can gather. When I began this job, I found myself struggling to get information from faculty and staff about their funding needs. When I brought up opportunities for funding, they were immediately shot down. Instead, faculty and staff brought me random tasks that they didn't want to complete themselves. None of them were related to grants, funding or event writing. Most of them were tasks that required no cognitive resources to complete. Had I known that I would be completing menial tasks, I would not have accepted the job.

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Experience Affects Senior Grant Writer Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$63,000

Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Grant Writer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Grant Writing
0%

National Average
$63,000

Proposal Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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