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This post updates data posted early in 2013. It covers what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of median salaries. Another post will cover 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 April 2014 that the national median annual salary for “Grants/Proposal Writers” was $61,309. The middle 50% earned from $54,567 to $68,705. The bottom 10% earned $48,428 or less; the top 10% earned $75,438 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 national median annual salary works out to $1,179.02 per week and the range for the middle 50% becomes from $1,049.37 to $1,321.25 per week. Calculated over a 2,080-hour work-year, the same national median annual salary works out to $29.47 per hour, and the same range for the middle 50% becomes from $26.23 to $33.03 per hour.


Median Salaries By Selected Cities:

As of April 2014 ‘median annual salaries’ in selected cities searched on ranged from $48,250 in Helena, Montana to $74,062 in San Francisco, California. Most of the medians for these cities fell in the range of $55,000 to $65,000.


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 — 2014 Data
Portland, ME $62,597
Boston, MA $66,950 $44,621
New York, NY $71,487 $45,633
Washington, DC $66,459 $44,925
Charlotte, NC $60,390
Atlanta, GA $60,819
Tampa, FL $57,361
Houston, TX $60,941 $40,387
Dallas, TX $60,757
Tulsa, OK $58,060
Nashville, TN $57,998
Cincinnati, OH $59,899
Indianapolis, IN $59,899
Chicago, IL $64,313 $39,695
Minneapolis, MN $63,578
Bismarck, ND $55,178
Lincoln, NE $52,665
Casper, WY $54,075
Helena, MT $48,250
Boise, ID $59,347
Seattle, WA $66,153
Portland, OR $62,658
San Francisco, CA $74,062 $50,514
Los Angeles, CA $66,153 $46,448
Salt Lake City, UT $58,550
Denver, CO $61,371
Albuquerque, NM $56,772
Phoenix, AZ $60,819
Anchorage, AK $69,402
Honolulu, HI $67,379
USA $61,309 $41,491



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