How Much Does a Fundraiser Coordinator Make?

by Dirk Huds ; Updated July 27, 2017
Fundraising coordinators manage a team of fundraising personnel.

If money makes the world go around, organizations need ways to accrue it. Commercial companies, of course, offer goods and services in exchange for payment. Other organizations, such as political and charitable bodies, seek to raise funds by donations and pledges. Fundraising coordinators are managers who oversee the fundraising activities of an institution. They identify potential donors, organize events and communications to promote their cause, and document donations. Salary levels for the role may vary depending on where and for whom an individual works.

Average Income

For the purposes of its national employment survey of May 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorized fundraising coordinators alongside other public relations and fundraising managers. It reported that the mean annual salary across this professional group was $104,390. This is equivalent to an hourly rate of $50.19, a weekly wage of $2,008 and a monthly income of $8,699.

Income by Industry

The bureau also detailed how salary levels for personnel such as fundraising coordinators varied across different sectors of industry. The highest-paying sector was given as management, scientific and technical consulting services, which had a mean salary of $150,930. Individuals working in the management of companies and enterprises earned a mean of $118,870, while those employed by business, professional, labor, political and similar organizations received $105,510. Grant-making and giving services were reported to offer a mean yearly wage of $97,940.

Income by City

The Economic Research Institute's website analyzed wage rates for fundraising managers in a number of large U.S. cities. At the time of publication, it reported that the highest salary levels were in New York, averaging $105,326. Los Angeles and Chicago followed at $94,013 and $88,402, respectively. Rates were comparable between Atlanta and Charlotte: $83,924 and $83,608, respectively. Among the locations with the lowest rates were Orlando, which averaged $82,245, and Phoenix, listed at $80,625.

Income by State

The bureau’s statistics revealed that across the public relations and fundraising management field, the state in which wages were likely to be highest was New York, with a mean of $139,550. Delaware was in second place with a mean annual salary of $136,530. Virginia and Rhode Island had almost identical pay levels — $133,590 and $133,400, respectively — while Washington was listed at $96,950 and Maine at just $67,380.

About the Author

Dirk Huds has been a writer/editor for over six years. He has worked for bookshops and publishers in an editorial capacity and written book reviews for a variety of publications. He is currently studying for his master's degree.

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