Fundraiser Salary Information

The salary statistics of fundraisers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of fundraisers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The fundraisers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Fundraiser Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$31,850
25th Percentile Wage
$41,190
50th Percentile Wage
$54,130
75th Percentile Wage
$71,660
90th Percentile Wage
$91,530

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for fundraisers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) fundraisers is $91,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,130. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $31,850. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 187% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of fundraisers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,1302.14%6.37%
201552,9701.02%-
201452,4301.62%-
201351,5801.74%-
201250,680--

Table 2. Fundraiser Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of fundraisers in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for fundraisers occupations is the real estate and rental and leasing sector with an annual salary $62,960. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $44,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$62,960
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,060
Finance and Insurance
$60,280
Educational Services
$58,910
Wholesale Trade
$55,740
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$53,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$52,710
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$51,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,470
Information
$50,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,760
Retail Trade
$49,150
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,350
Construction
$44,930

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Fundraisers by States

From the above tables we note that not only fundraisers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of fundraisers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $37,850 to $67,700. The highest paying state for fundraisers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $67,700. The lowest paying state is Arkansas with a median annual salary of $37,850. For more salary information of fundraisers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$67,700
Maryland
$60,700
New Jersey
$60,340
California
$60,300
Rhode Island
$59,850
Minnesota
$59,660
New York
$59,350
North Dakota
$59,320
Massachusetts
$58,340
Connecticut
$58,130
Illinois
$56,350
Kansas
$56,220
Virginia
$56,000
Nebraska
$55,850
Michigan
$55,040
Texas
$54,850
Pennsylvania
$54,840
New Hampshire
$54,100
Florida
$54,050
Delaware
$53,890
Washington
$53,630
Colorado
$53,170
Alaska
$52,840
Nevada
$51,980
Wisconsin
$51,050
North Carolina
$50,810
Maine
$50,790
Wyoming
$50,320
Ohio
$49,440
Vermont
$48,970
Hawaii
$48,640
Montana
$48,630
Utah
$48,460
Alabama
$48,120
New Mexico
$47,950
South Carolina
$47,940
Indiana
$47,810
Missouri
$47,390
Mississippi
$47,050
Oregon
$46,950
Tennessee
$46,290
Arizona
$45,670
South Dakota
$45,660
Idaho
$45,330
Oklahoma
$45,030
Louisiana
$44,250
Iowa
$44,070
West Virginia
$41,830
Georgia
$41,740
Kentucky
$41,340
Arkansas
$37,850


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