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What Grant Writers earn depends on many factors. Among them are years of experience, level of educational attainment, geographic location, nature of the employer, and the number of hours worked per week.

 

This post describes what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of hourly rates and consultants’ fees. A related post discusses what they are paid in terms of salaries. Others in the series will discuss what Grant Writers do, where and when they work, the tools of the grant writing trade, a basic inventory of grant writing skills, and typical career paths.

 

For more about what Grant Writers earn for hourly rates and fees, go to Writers Market, PayScale, eHow, or Salary.

 

Hourly Rates:  

Hourly rates for Grant Writers vary by the type of employer: (1) Educational Proposal/Grant Writers earn $35 to $100 per hour, average $67 per hour; (2) Nonprofit Proposal/Grant Writers earn $19 to $150 per hour, average $70 per hour; and (3) Government Proposal/Grant Writers earn $19 to $150 per hour, average $68 per hour.

 

Hourly rates for Grant Writers vary by years of experience: up to $25 per hour for less than 1 year; up to $30 per hour for 1-4 years; up to $45 per hour for 5-9 years; and up to $75 per hour for 10 or more years. Hourly rates also vary by geographic location.

 

Nationally, the average hourly pay rate for Grant Writers varies from $25 to $67. Consultants’ rates are somewhat higher. Generally, they range from $40 to $100 per hour, depending upon experience, geographic location, and other factors.

 

Project-Based Fees:

Many Grant Writers charge flat rate fees rather than hourly rates for doing prospect searches and preparing grant proposals. Fees range from $500 (or even less) to $5,000 or more.

 

The fees vary with the exhaustiveness of the prospect search, the complexity of the application process, the length of the proposal, the budget amount requested, the nearness of deadlines to proposal development start dates, and number of grant proposals required.

 

All factual material presented here is intended strictly for informational purposes only.

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