Fundraiser Salary


How Much Does a Fundraiser Make?

On average, a Fundraiser make $62,830 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $33,530, while the top-paid 10 percent made $100,410.

Annually National Average Salary: $62,830

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.




Salary by State

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Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$31,430$36,940$50,360$61,280$78,060
Alaska$32,020$41,500$52,590$69,380$77,490
Arizona$24,970$38,430$54,380$65,020$81,930
Arkansas$25,210$33,050$50,000$62,220$87,710
California$34,190$45,060$69,590$83,350$112,570
Colorado$35,280$45,030$62,720$76,480$98,240
Connecticut$41,980$52,800$70,910$87,510$105,630
Delaware$41,100$47,940$60,720$71,960$86,940
District of Columbia$51,070$61,450$86,220$105,930$128,690
Georgia$18,450$30,060$50,840$65,780$85,620
Hawaii$42,840$52,020$68,230$75,000$94,240
Idaho$31,940$37,810$54,940$64,770$93,940
Illinois$32,770$43,190$60,850$75,800$98,080
Indiana$32,040$41,310$58,230$69,790$103,810
Iowa$33,340$42,180$57,020$67,490$88,100
Kansas$32,810$36,740$51,480$61,670$79,940
Kentucky$25,340$36,240$47,880$59,260$65,190
Louisiana$27,620$32,160$57,170$64,830$105,850
Maine$34,540$41,080$54,160$62,580$79,880
Maryland$33,660$44,000$60,290$75,320$94,240
Massachusetts$40,920$49,730$71,370$84,780$113,610
Michigan$33,620$43,130$59,020$70,250$95,330
Minnesota$31,830$43,500$61,470$74,530$99,090
Mississippi$27,050$42,430$62,450$76,800$107,540
Missouri$33,640$42,450$53,380$62,720$76,290
Montana$36,090$42,890$54,250$62,850$76,500
Nebraska$34,500$40,490$51,520$62,340$75,420
Nevada$30,540$44,570$61,270$83,080$96,300
New Hampshire$34,020$43,550$58,260$72,060$88,750
New Jersey$40,620$51,460$67,240$81,680$99,630
New Mexico$20,920$40,180$54,480$71,020$80,100
New York$38,990$50,720$70,840$88,540$113,910
North Carolina$34,960$43,860$57,790$70,010$83,760
North Dakota$37,100$45,640$61,730$75,140$93,700
Ohio$29,600$39,300$56,490$70,140$87,240
Oklahoma$34,630$43,510$57,560$68,600$86,740
Oregon$32,630$36,710$54,090$64,880$92,180
Pennsylvania$34,920$44,440$61,790$75,760$94,010
Rhode Island$40,150$54,540$73,040$93,060$113,560
South Carolina$33,610$42,030$57,190$67,160$83,840
South Dakota$32,160$42,190$54,270$62,760$80,080
Tennessee$29,760$36,070$55,010$67,250$93,480
Texas$33,910$42,760$59,230$72,150$88,130
Utah$27,040$41,080$56,450$68,170$91,890
Vermont$34,790$43,140$57,300$65,150$83,510
Virginia$38,110$47,160$68,830$86,490$114,830
Washington$37,870$47,980$63,930$74,880$95,280
West Virginia$34,070$41,190$53,520$62,400$75,270
Wisconsin$34,400$43,160$56,720$67,990$81,390
Wyoming$35,640$47,710$61,240$73,950$88,180

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is District of Columbia, where the average salary is $86,220.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

District of Columbia - $86,220
Rhode Island - $73,040
Massachusetts - $71,370
Connecticut - $70,910
New York - $70,840

Fundraisers: Salary Overview

Fundraisers raise money and donations for an organization.

They typically organize fundraising campaigns and events and may also use promotional materials to increase awareness of the company’s goal and financial needs.

Some fundraisers raise money for annual giving campaigns while others raise funds for political campaigns; some specialize in face-to-face interaction with donors who can potentially give large amounts while others receive smaller donations from a lot of people.

A fundraiser’s role depends on his or her employer and the type of organization, but their responsibilities typically include researching prospective donors, creating the fundraising message, using online platforms to reach potential donors, organizing campaigns, assessing the success of completed campaigns, and training volunteers.

Some fundraisers organize annual campaign where they solicit donations for their organizations- most nonprofits have annual giving campaigns.

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Others specialize in capital campaigns and try to raise money for a specific project- such as a renovation or a construction project.

Some fundraisers specialize in planned-giving fundraising which means that they solicit donations from people who want to pledge money at a future date or in installments.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for fundraisers was $57,970 in May 2019- this means that half of all workers in this occupation earned less than this while half earned more.

Salaries vary based on a wide range of factors, including the fundraiser’s specialty, the industry of employment, and the level of experience.

Entry-level fundraisers may earn less than $34,000 while experienced fundraisers can make more than $100,000 per year.

Fundraiser Salary by Industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fundraisers held about 95,400 jobs in the United States in 2018, most of them being employed by religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations or in the field of educational services.

Other fundraisers work in the industry of healthcare and social assistance, in the field of arts, entertainment, and recreation, or in the administrative and support services field.

Fundraisers typically raise funds for an organization that employs them but some work for consulting firms that work for many clients.

Fundraisers who worked in the field of grantmaking and giving services- a field that employed over 14,000 fundraisers- earned a mean annual wage of $65,310 as of May 2019, while those employed by a college, university, or professional school- a field where approximately 12,000 fundraisers worked- earned, on average, $68,370 per year.

The mean annual wage was $61,560 for fundraisers who worked for social advocacy organizations and $54,830 for fundraisers who worked in the field of community food and housing, and emergency and other relief services.

According to the report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest mean salary was reported in the field of legal services- an industry that employed only 330 fundraisers who were paid, on average, with $75,500 a year.

Fundraisers employed by companies that provide rental and leasing services earned a mean annual wage of $72,500 a year while those who worked in the field of computer systems design and related services earned a mean annual salary of $71,940.

Job prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of fundraisers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028.

This growth is explained, in part, by the fact that nonprofit organizations will continue to need donations and will hire fundraisers to help them collect funds for their operations.

Fundraisers who have experience in using social media for fundraising activities should have better job prospects as most organizations try to build an online presence and to connect with potential donors through the internet.

Completing an internship or having volunteer experience in a nonprofit or grantmaking organization will likely improve your job prospects.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Fundraisers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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