Development Officer Salary

Median pay for Development Officers in the United States is around $53K annually. In the world of Development Officers, overall income ranges from $38K near the bottom to $75K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Development Officers making up 74 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$37,667 - $77,993
$38K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,665
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50%
90%

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$15.60 - $25.76
$16
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $20.16
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$0$77K
Salary $37,667 - $77,993
Bonus $0.00 - $5,077
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$37,033 - $76,970
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 456
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $15.60 - $25.76
Overtime $24.66
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,077
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$37,033 - $76,970
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

Job Description for Development Officer

Development officers are in charge of funding- and donor-related activities for their organization. They coordinate fundraising initiatives and collect current and prospective donor information. They cultivate professional relationships with individuals, foundations, and other agencies; they also provide continuous support to company marketing efforts.

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Development Officer Tasks

  • Cultivate, solicit and provide attentive stewardship for philanthropic donors.
  • Manage donor events, including identifying guests and coordinating organizational support for events.
  • Work with marketing and program staff to customize materials for successful marketing and solicitation.
  • Increase the number and quality of donor prospects through individual visits, research, donor database management and networking.
  • Manage portfolio prospects, using focused strategic approaches.

Common Career Paths for Development Officer


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Development Officers who become Major Gifts Officers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $62K per year. When Development Officers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Non-Profit Development or Directors of Fundraising Development. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $9K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Development Officer


Survey takers working as Development Officers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Major Gifts Fundraising, Proposal Writing, Fundraising, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Event Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Marketing Communications and Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Development Officer

Pay by Experience for a Development Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Development Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 309 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Development Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 159 salaries. An experienced Development Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 91 salaries. A Development Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,118

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

Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Development Officers, 37 percent above the national average. Development Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and St. Louis (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Development Officer's salary, with Detroit Development Officers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia and San Diego (15 percent lower).

Development Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Development Officer?

Development Officer in Sioux Falls:
"I love my job."
Pros: I love what I do.
Cons: The pay.

Development Officer in St. Joseph:
"My Role As A Development Officer."
Pros: I enjoy working with the internal campus community, as well as the external surrounding community. I feel the work I do directly impacts the lives of students.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Development Officer

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Development Officer Salaries

▲36%

▲26%

▲11%

National Average
$52,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Development Officer Salaries

Major Gifts Fundraising
▲6%


▲1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲1%


National Average
$52,000




Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼10%

Event Management
▼14%

Social Media Marketing
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 9%