Grant Writer Salary

Grant Writers in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Grant Writers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. For the most part, Grant Writers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although the larger part have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$32,696 - $64,434
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MEDIAN: $45,459
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$13.94 - $51.22
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$0$77K
Salary $32,696 - $64,434
Bonus $0.00 - $4,654
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $37,745
Commission $10,000
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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$30,928 - $77,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,012
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $13.94 - $51.22
Overtime $20.82 - $43.51
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,654
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $37,745
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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$30,928 - $77,369
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 571

Job Description for Grant Writer

Grant writers monitor, apply for, write, and report on grants, with many of these individuals working in nonprofit or government organizations.

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Grant Writer Tasks

  • Writes and develops grant proposals.
  • Serves as a contact with potential grantor after submission of proposal.
  • Researches funding sources that match specific projects and programs.
  • Supplies post-award progress reports to grantors as required.

Grant Writer Pay By Employer

$0$58K

$58,000

Common Career Paths for Grant Writer


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Though some Grant Writers move into positions like Director of Grants (where the average salary is $63K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Grant Writer is to become a Senior Grant Writer or a Director of Non-Profit Development. Compared to Grant Writers, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Grant Writer


Survey results suggest that Grant Writers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Federal Grants, Government Grants, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 41 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Grant Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Editing.

Pay by Experience Level for Grant Writer

Pay by Experience for a Grant Writer has a positive trend. An entry-level Grant Writer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 518 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Grant Writer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 253 salaries. An experienced Grant Writer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 208 salaries. A Grant Writer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 77 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,426

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

Home to some of the best pay for Grant Writers, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Grant Writers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+34 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Omaha. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Baltimore and Dallas (6 percent lower).

Grant Writer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Grant Writer?

Grant Writer in Portland:
"Funding Youth Opportunities at a Personal Cost."
Pros: The collaboration with colleagues across the organization that writing and managing grants requires, is undoubtedly one of two special qualities of my job--the second being the opportunities (although limited) to interact with youth and families served by the organization.
Cons: The monotony and lack of opportunity to participate in the creative exercises of program development and/or service delivery I write about. Equally unpleasant and disheartening is my grant reporting responsibility when involving poorly managed projects or programs, and the defacto role I must take on of collecting, tracking, and aggregating data, in order to positively frame conclusions for the report.

Grant Writer in Barnwell:
"Grant writer summary."
Pros: I enjoy working with the educators trying to meet their needs and researching innovative projects and matching them with available grants. The medical benefits package is good. I like the amount of time for vacation and days off because I work on a public school schedule.
Cons: The salary is below the minimum for this job position. I don't like having to work against misconceptions about what a grant writer can do.

Grant Writer in San Francisco:
"Excellent."
Pros: Interesting work and I'm helping to raise funds for a cause that I care about.
Cons: It's very difficult to make ends meet.

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Key Stats for Grant Writer

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 181 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Grant Writer Salaries

▲43%

▲16%

▲9%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Grant Writer Salaries

Federal Grants
▲42%

Government Grants
▲21%





Grant Writing
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 33%