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This post updates data posted last year. It covers what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of median salaries. An earlier post covered average 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.


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.


Median Salaries:

Nationally, reported in January 2013 that median annual salaries for Grants/Proposal Writers were $58,737. The middle 50% of Grant Writers earned from $52,201 to $66,518. The bottom 10% earned $46,250 or less; the top 10% earned $73,602 or more. These base salaries represented about 70% of total compensation; the other 30% were fringe benefits and bonuses.


Calculated on a full 52-week year, the same median annual salary works out to $1,129.56 per week and the range for the middle 50% becomes from $1,003.87 to $1,279.19 per week. Calculated over a 2,080-hour work-year, the same median salary works out to $28.24 per hour, and the same range for the middle 50% becomes from $25.10 to $31.98 per hour.


Median Salaries By Selected Cities:

As of January 2013, ‘median annual salaries’ in selected cities searched on ranged from $44,873 in Helena, Montana to $69,704 in San Francisco, California. Most of the medians for these cities fell in the range of $50,000 to $60,000.


The data from are presented for purposes of comparison; by themselves, they shed little light on the subject. (Note: A dash — indicates no data available.)


Median Annual Salaries — 2013 Data
Boston, MA $64,215 $30,410 – $73,974
New York, NY $67,743 $33,221 – $59,598
Washington, DC $63,869 $31,538 – $70,000
Charlotte, NC $57,666
Atlanta, GA $58.043
Tampa, FL $54,871
Houston, TX $58,047
Dallas, TX $57,824 $20,134 – $59,598
Tulsa, OK $55,592
Nashville, TN $53,708
Cincinnati, OH $56,511
Indianapolis, IN $56,275
Chicago, IL $61,750 $27,090 – $66,977
Minneapolis, MN $58,126
Bismarck, ND $52,197
Lincoln, NE $50,517
Casper, WY $51,678
Helena, MT $44,873
Boise, ID $54,784
Seattle, WA $62,740
Portland, OR $59,013
San Francisco, CA $69,704 $30,913 – $96,570
Los Angeles, CA $63,717 $27,821 – $72,719
Salt Lake City, UT $55,392
Denver, CO $58,652
Albuquerque, NM $54,774
Phoenix, AZ $57,769
Anchorage, AK $65,479
Honolulu, HI $63,669
USA $58,126 $26,032 – $70, 643




  1. Have you seen any UK figures? I would be interested to see them if you do.

    • My new post presents some salary figures for the UK. Of the two sources cited, due to methods and sample sizes, the data from the Institute of Fundraising appear more reliable, even if less exact.

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