Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salary

Chief Development Officers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $110K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women Chief Development Officers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Chief Development Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$71,176 - $186,942
$71K
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MEDIAN: $111,960
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Salary $71,176 - $186,942
Bonus $0.00 - $51,064
Profit Sharing $5,000
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$70,793 - $197,361
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 265

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Job Description for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

The chief development officer plays an important role in most non-profit companies and organizations related to coordinating volunteers and funding. It is typically a high-ranking executive position. This individual is tasked with the responsibility of seeing to an organization’s development and success. The chief development officer, or CDO, most commonly works under the CEO, or chief executive officer. The CDO also works mainly with the development board.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Development Officer (CDO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Development Officer (CDO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 21 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Development Officer (CDO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 64 salaries. An experienced Chief Development Officer (CDO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 133 salaries. A Chief Development Officer (CDO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $142,000 based on 82 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,118

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Chief Development Officers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 62 percent above the national average. Chief Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Washington (+22 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). Chief Development Officers in New Orleans report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 33 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (33 percent lower) and Indianapolis (23 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries

▲25%

National Average
$113,000

▼1%

▼18%

Entry-Level
▼36%

Skills That Affect Chief Development Officer (CDO) Salaries



National Average
$113,000

▼3%


Media / Public Relations
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 6%
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