Average Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

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The average salary for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) is $111,411.
MEDIAN $111,411
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$70k - $192k
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$10k - $84k
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$71k - $216k

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Job Description for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tasks
  • Plan, coordinate and assure implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions in support of the organization.
  • Ensure that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization's values, mission, vision and plans.
  • Recommend short- and long-range fund development plans and programs that support the organization's values, mission and objectives.
  • Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
  • Participate in short- and long-term strategic and operational planning for the organization.

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Popular Skills for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Skills in Strategic Planning and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Major Gifts Fundraising, Marketing Communications and Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

An early career Chief Development Officer (CDO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $80,869 based on 42 salaries. A mid-career Chief Development Officer (CDO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $97,190 based on 75 salaries. An experienced Chief Development Officer (CDO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,023 based on 240 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $133,599.
Employees with Chief Development Officer (CDO) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 42.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (36.9% more) and Los Angeles, California (30.3% more).

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