How Much Do Fundraisers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Fundraisers organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization's work, goals, and financial needs.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$64550 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$34,320 to $45,170 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Fundraisers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $34,320 to $45,170 per year or $17 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Fundraisers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $50 $103,320
Senior (Top 25%) $38 $78,990
Middle (Mid 50%) $29 $59,610
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $45,170
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $34,320

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $37 $76,030
MA $37 $76,020
NY $36 $75,770
RI $35 $73,630
CA $35 $72,900
NJ $35 $71,960
CT $34 $70,870
VA $34 $70,670
HI $32 $67,500
MN $31 $64,540

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Fundraiser is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Fundraisers are in the states of DC, MA, NY, RI and CA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $87030 $41.84
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $82080 $39.46
Legal Services $77000 $37.02
Motion Picture and Video Industries $75960 $36.52
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $74860 $35.99
Specialty Hospitals $74270 $35.71
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $72670 $34.94
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $72070 $34.65
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $71660 $34.45
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $71190 $34.23
Management of Companies and Enterprises $69250 $33.30
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $68720 $33.04
Business Support Services $68590 $32.98
Scientific Research and Development Services $68520 $32.94
Grantmaking and Giving Services $67400 $32.40
Educational Support Services $67270 $32.34
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $67170 $32.29
Elementary and Secondary Schools $67160 $32.29
Office Administrative Services $66860 $32.14
Child Day Care Services $66430 $31.94
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $64440 $30.98
Other Support Services $64130 $30.83
Junior Colleges $63380 $30.47
Insurance Carriers $63270 $30.42
Real Estate $63070 $30.32
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $62870 $30.23
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $62630 $30.11
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $62610 $30.10
Offices of Physicians $62000 $29.81
Social Advocacy Organizations $61780 $29.70

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