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This post updates data posted in 2012. It covers what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of average salaries. A later post will cover median salaries for grant writers. Subsequent posts will provide updated data about Grant Writers’ compensation in terms of hourly rates and consultants’ fees. All data will be for the United States of America.


Average Salaries:

Data from, for cities across the country in January 2013, indicate that average annual salaries for Grant Writers ranged at least from $34,000 to $59,000; those for Grant Development Specialists in the same cities were 5.3% to 6.3% higher and ranged at least from $36,000 to $63,000.


Average Annual Salaries in Grant Writing — 2013 Data

  Grant Writer Grant Development Specialist
Boston, MA $54,000 $57,000
New York, NY $59,000 $63,000
Washington, DC $54,000 $57,000
Charlotte, NC $47,000 $49,000
Atlanta, GA $52,000 $55,000
Tampa, FL $41,000 $43,000
Houston, TX $46,000 $49,000
Dallas, TX $46,000 $48,000
Tulsa, OK $37,000 $39,000
Nashville, TN $42,000 $44,000
Cincinnati, OH $41,000 $44,000
Indianapolis, IN $38,000 $40,000
Chicago, IL $50,000 $53,000
Minneapolis, MN $42,000 $44,000
Bismarck, ND $37,000 $39,000
Lincoln, NE $34,000 $36,000
Casper, WY $42,000 $45,000
Helena, MT $41,000 $43,000
Boise, ID $37,000 $39,000
Seattle, WA $47,000 $49,000
Portland, OR $41,000 $44,000
San Francisco, CA $60,000 $63,000
Los Angeles, CA $49,000 $52,000
Salt Lake City, UT $41,000 $44,000
Denver, CO $42,000 $44,000
Albuquerque, NM $36,000 $38,000
Phoenix, AZ $40,000 $42,000
Anchorage, AK $38,000 $40,000
Honolulu, HI $34,000 $36,000


What Grant Writers earn reflects many factors. Among them are years of experience, level of educational attainment, geographic location, and the nature of the employer.


Also presented in terms of averages, a second online resource,, has reported that nationally, as of January 2013, the annual salary range for a Grant Writer was $26,032 to $70,643 per year. This range excluded fringe benefits.


Geographic Location:

Annual salary ranges for Grant Writers varied by geographic location. As of January 2013, San Francisco, CA had the highest maximum in its annual salary range of $30,913 to $96,570. Atlanta, GA had the lowest minimum in its annual salary range of $18,121 to $74,497.


Other American cities and salary ranges, sorted in ascending order by minimums, included:

  • Dallas, TX: $20,134 to $59,598
  • Houston, TX: $24,490 to $56,250
  • Pittsburgh, PA: $25,000 to $53,500
  • Philadelphia, PA: $25,199 to $44,962
  • Chicago, IL: $27,090 to $66,977
  • Los Angeles, CA: $27,821 to $72,719
  • Salt Lake City, UT: $29,000 to $35,871
  • Boston, MA: $30,410 to $73,974
  • Washington, DC: $31,538 to $70,000
  • Baltimore, MD: $32,844 to $44,337
  • New York, NY: $33,221 to $59,598
  • New Orleans, LA: $34,183 to $46,297
  • Phoenix, AZ: $39,278 to $49,910
  • Seattle, WA: $40,991 to $50,398


Highest Degree Earned:

As of January 2013, reported that annual salaries for Grant Writers varied by the highest degree earned:

  1. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English: $24,490 to $54,721
  2. Master of Arts (MA) in English: $44,104 to $47,231
  3. Master of Business Administration (MBA): $24,490 to $70,000
  4. Master of Public Administration (MPA): $39,663 to $49,930
  5. Doctorate (PhD): $40,000 to $60,000


Type of Employer:

In addition, reported that annual salaries for Grant Writers also varied by the type of employer:

  1. Education: $28,108 to $58,919
  2. Healthcare: $28,883 to $59,411
  3. Social Services: $26,699 to $53,922
  4. Youth Services: $26,862 to $52,678


As with other types of professional work, the for-profit sector often paid more than the non-profit sector for positions related to grant writing.



In late 2012, few Grant Writers reported getting a bonus. Reported bonuses most often were for less than 1% of salaries, which is less than $250 for every $25,000 in base salary.


Fringe Benefits:

On average, fringe benefits amounted to about 30% of total compensation. Aside from social security taxes (FICA), time off from work was the largest share of total benefits.


Data provided at also indicated that average annual vacation time for Grant Writers was 9.5 days (or 1.9 weeks) per year after 10 years of experience, and 8 days (or 1.6 weeks) with less than 10 years experience. Depending upon the nature of the employer and the specific contract, full-time salaried Grant Writers, after completing 20 years of service, could expect up to 20 days of paid vacation per year.


Further Information:

All factual material presented here is intended strictly for informational purposes only. If you’d like to know more about what Grant Writers or related positions earn, please go to,,, or



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