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This post updates data posted in April 2014. 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, Salary.com reported in April 2015 that the national median annual salary for “Grants/Proposal Writers” was $62,659. The middle 50% earned from $56,085 to $70,563. The bottom 10% earned $50,100 or less; the top 10% earned $77,760 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 $1,204.98 per week and the range for the middle 50% becomes from $1,078.56 to $1,356.98 per week. Calculated over a 2,080-hour work-year, the same national median annual salary works out to $30.12 per hour, and the same range for the middle 50% becomes from $26.96 to $33.92 per hour.

Median Salaries By Selected Cities:

As of April 2015 ‘median annual salaries’ in selected cities searched on Salary.com ranged from $50,171 in Helena, Montana to $76,513 in San Francisco, California. Most of the medians for these cities fell in the range of $60,000 to $65,000.

The data from PayScale.com 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 — 2015 Data
  Salary.com PayScale.com
Portland, ME $64,570
Boston, MA $67,671 $50,980
New York, NY $73,881 $45,902
Washington, DC $62,659 $47,263
Charlotte, NC $62,521
Atlanta, GA $63,191
Tampa, FL $59,733
Houston, TX $63,065 $50,288
Dallas, TX $63,016
Tulsa, OK $59,607
Nashville, TN $59,200
Cincinnati, OH $61,174
Indianapolis, IN $60,265
Chicago, IL $65,892 $40,291
Minneapolis, MN $65,572
Bismarck, ND $56,832
Lincoln, NE $54,388
Casper, WY $57,126
Helena, MT $50,171
Boise, ID $60,510
Seattle, WA $66,976
Portland, OR $64,664
San Francisco, CA $76,513 $53,805
Los Angeles, CA $68,699 $52,112
Salt Lake City, UT $59,570
Denver, CO $63,329
Albuquerque, NM $57,721
Phoenix, AZ $61,280
Anchorage, AK $70,742
Honolulu, HI $68,016
USA $62,659 $42,223

This post updates data posted a year ago. It covers what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of average salaries. Other posts will update median salaries for grant writers, compensation in terms of hourly rates, and various consultants’ fees. All data will be for the United States of America.

Average Salaries:

Data from Indeed.com, for cities across the country in April 2015, indicate that average annual salaries for Grant Writers ranged at least from $33,000 to $70,000. Year to year increases in annual averages were as little as $2,000 in Lincoln, NE and Honolulu, HI to as much as $10,000 in Minneapolis, MN. Since April 2014, reported average salaries for Grant Writers rose in all cities, remained flat in no cities, and declined in no cities.

Average Annual Salaries in Grant Writing — 2014 and 2015 Data
Grant Writer
2014 2015
Boston, MA $59,000 $64,000
New York, NY $64,000 $70,000
Washington, DC $59,000 $64,000
Charlotte, NC $51,000 $55,000
Atlanta, GA $59,000 $64,000
Tampa, FL $40,000 $44,000
Houston, TX $53,000 $58,000
Dallas, TX $48,000 $52,000
Tulsa, OK $42,000 $46,000
Nashville, TN $44,000 $48,000
Cincinnati, OH $44,000 $48,000
Indianapolis, IN $41,000 $44,000
Chicago, IL $57,000 $61,000
Minneapolis, MN $41,000 $51,000
Bismarck, ND $41,000 $44,000
Lincoln, NE $31,000 $33,000
Casper, WY $47,000 $51,000
Helena, MT $40,000 $43,000
Boise, ID $32,000 $35,000
Seattle, WA $51,000 $55,000
Portland, OR $46,000 $50,000
San Francisco, CA $64,000 $69,000
Los Angeles, CA $50,000 $55,000
Salt Lake City, UT $42,000 $46,000
Denver, CO $45,000 $49,000
Albuquerque, NM $37,000 $40,000
Phoenix, AZ $40,000 $43,000
Anchorage, AK $36,000 $39,000
Honolulu, HI $33,000 $35,000

Geographic Location:

Across the country annual average salaries for the Grant Writer job title differ by more than 100%. In general, in 2015 they are higher in the Northeast and on the West Coast than anywhere else.

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 Indeed.comPayScale.comeHow.com, or Salary.com.

During the 2010s, American grantsmanship continues its efforts to elevate, standardize, and formalize the training and professional status of its practitioners. Among the organizations leading it are the American Grant Writers’ Association and the Grant Professionals Association.

American Grant Writers’ Association:

The American Grant Writers’ Association (AGWA) was founded in 2002. AGWA individual membership is $99 for one year, $185 for two years, or $275 for three years. Business memberships are available for $179 for one year, $340 for two years, or $475 for three years. The website is http://www.agwa.us/.

AGWA advances professionalization through professional standards and a code of ethics and access to professional liability insurance (E&O). It offers networking resources such as a two-day annual grant conference (plus a one-day members-only pre-conference), a listing in a networking membership roster for certified grant writer consultants, and a members-only portal. In addition, AGWA offers continuous education-related services such as eight online courses, a four-day grant researching and proposal writing workshop, a members-only newsletter, and the Certified Grant Writer® (CGW) Exam, which is its credentialing exam. It features employment-related services such as information about how to hire a grant writer and making members’ résumés available to prospective employers.

Grant Professionals Association:

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA), formerly American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP), was founded in 1998. GPA regular individual professional membership is $209/year; other types of membership are available. Chapter dues are additional. Its website is http://grantprofessionals.org/.

GPA offers a Consultant Mentoring Program and publishes both an online newsletter and a peer-reviewed journal with limited public access to its contents. Its networking resources include a three-day annual conference, an extensive bookstore, and access to 60 webinars. The GPA advances professionalization through a Grant Professional Certification (GPC) program conducted through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute™ (GPCI). Its employment-related services include a Job Center with a searchable job postings database and a consultants listing for firms seeking to retain a grant-writing consultant.

Observations:

The professionalization of grant writing continues apace, although it has become less costly to participate in it than in earlier years. The GPA’s regular individual professional membership fee of $209 is more than twice as costly as AGWA’s $99 regular individual membership fee. Its $625 regular member conference registration costs two thirds more than what AGWA’s $349 regular member conference registration costs. Finally, the cost of GPA’s regular credential exam (GPC) for members ($539) is 10% less than AGWA’s regular fee ($599) for members for its one-day exam review plus its credential exam (CGW).

Note:

Discussion of the existence of the AGWA and the GPA is intended for informational purposes only. Endorsement or sanction of either association is neither intended nor implied.

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