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This post updates data posted in April 2015. It covers what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of median salaries. Another updated 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 February 2016 that the national median annual salary for “Grants/Proposal Writers” was $64,355, up 2.7% from 2015. The middle 50% earned from $57,638 to $72,294. The bottom 10% earned $51,522 or less; the top 10% earned $79,521 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 $1,237.60 per week and the range for the middle 50% becomes from $1,108.42 to $1,390.27 per week. Calculated over a 2,080-hour work-year, the same national median annual salary works out to $30.94 per hour, and the same range for the middle 50% becomes from $27.71 to $34.76 per hour.


Median Salaries By Selected Cities:

As of February 2016, “median annual salaries” in selected cities searched on ranged from $51,529 in Helena, Montana to $78,584 in San Francisco, California. Most of the medians for these cities fell in the range of $62,000 to $67,000. In the past year, Washington, DC saw by far the largest gain in median salary – an enviable gain equivalent to 13.96% compared to a national gain of only 2.7%.


Median Annual Salaries — 2015 and 2016 Data Comparison
  2015 Data 2016 Data
Portland, ME $64,570 $66,318
Boston, MA $67,671 $69,503
New York, NY $73,881 $75,881
Washington, DC $62,659 $71,408
Charlotte, NC $62,521 $64,213
Atlanta, GA $63,191 $64,902
Tampa, FL $59,733 $61,350
Houston, TX $63,065 $64,741
Dallas, TX $63,016 $64,722
Tulsa, OK $59,607 $61,221
Nashville, TN $59,200 $60,803
Cincinnati, OH $61,174 $62,830
Indianapolis, IN $60,265 $61,897
Chicago, IL $65,892 $67,676
Minneapolis, MN $65,572 $67,347
Bismarck, ND $56,832 $58,370
Lincoln, NE $54,388 $55,860
Casper, WY $57,126 $58,672
Helena, MT $50,171 $51,529
Boise, ID $60,510 $62,148
Seattle, WA $66,976 $68,789
Portland, OR $64,664 $66,414
San Francisco, CA $76,513 $78,584
Los Angeles, CA $68,699 $70,559
Salt Lake City, UT $59,570 $61,182
Denver, CO $63,329 $65,044
Albuquerque, NM $57,721 $59,284
Phoenix, AZ $61,280 $62,939
Anchorage, AK $70,742 $72,657
Honolulu, HI $68,016 $69,857
USA $62,659 $64,355


Be aware that research into different job titles – such as Development Director or Proposal Writer – that are related to the work of a Grant Writer will lead to different results.


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