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This post presents some of the tools and skills used in grant writing. Others in the series will present what Grant Writers do, where and when they work, and common career paths.

 

Grant Writers need a specific set of tools and skills to be effective at winning competitively awarded grants. With the exception of some specialized databases, grant makers’ websites, and grants management software, none of them is unique to the pursuit of grant writing

 

Tools

In the late 2010s, all Grant Writers use hardware and software in many facets of their work. Among commonly used types of hardware are:

  • Laptop computers
  • Tablets
  • Handheld calculators
  • Cell phones

Among commonly used types of software are:

  • Internet browsers
  • Applications to support prospect research, grants management, email, databases, word-processing, calendars, teleconferencing, and presentations
  • Online calculators
  • Grant application portals

 

Grant Writers need to be comfortable with constant change in and among the technologies that they use daily. Among formerly often used technologies that are now increasingly out of use are:

  • Printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Facsimile machines
  • Desktop computers

 

Grant Writers need to know how to use the full range of contemporary telecommunications software and devices. They must be comfortable with devices used for creating and making presentations, such as digital cameras and projectors, and related software. And they should know all of their options among both traditional modes (e.g., UPS, USPS, FedEx) and new platforms (Grants.gov and foundations’ online application forms) for submitting timely proposals.

 

Skills

Among the most basic skills that Grant Writers should have are to:

  • Listen attentively
  • Ask key questions
  • Engage in teamwork
  • Negotiate
  • Think strategically
  • Write and edit
  • Research
  • Organize
  • Coordinate
  • Budget
  • Calculate
  • Plan
  • Reason persuasively
  • Build rapport
  • Build relationships
  • Facilitate and lead meetings
  • Manage time effectively
  • Concentrate efforts
  • Forecast
  • Analyze
  • Interpret
  • Follow instructions
  • Attend to details

This post updates data posted early in 2013. 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 2014, indicate that average annual salaries for Grant Writers ranged at least from $31,000 to $64,000; those for Grant Development Specialists in the same cities were generally 5% to 10% higher and ranged from $34,000 to $70,000. Since January 2013, average salaries for Grant Writers rose in 21 cities, stayed flat in one city, and declined in seven cities; for Grant Development Specialists, they rose in 25 cities, stayed flat in one city, and declined in three cities.

 

Average Annual Salaries in Grant Writing — 2013 and 2014 Data
Grant Writer Grant Development Specialist
2013 2014 2013 2014
Boston, MA $54,000 $59,000 $57,000 $64,000
New York, NY $59,000 $64,000 $63,000 $70,000
Washington, DC $54,000 $59,000 $57,000 $64,000
Charlotte, NC $47,000 $51,000 $49,000 $55,000
Atlanta, GA $52,000 $59,000 $55,000 $64,000
Tampa, FL $41,000 $40,000 $43,000 $44,000
Houston, TX $46,000 $53,000 $49,000 $58,000
Dallas, TX $46,000 $48,000 $48,000 $52,000
Tulsa, OK $37,000 $42,000 $39,000 $46,000
Nashville, TN $42,000 $44,000 $44,000 $48,000
Cincinnati, OH $41,000 $44,000 $44,000 $48,000
Indianapolis, IN $38,000 $41,000 $40,000 $44,000
Chicago, IL $50,000 $57,000 $53,000 $62,000
Minneapolis, MN $42,000 $41,000 $44,000 $45,000
Bismarck, ND $37,000 $41,000 $39,000 $45,000
Lincoln, NE $34,000 $31,000 $36,000 $34,000
Casper, WY $42,000 $47,000 $45,000 $51,000
Helena, MT $41,000 $40,000 $43,000 $44,000
Boise, ID $37,000 $32,000 $39,000 $35,000
Seattle, WA $47,000 $51,000 $49,000 $55,000
Portland, OR $41,000 $46,000 $44,000 $50,000
San Francisco, CA $60,000 $64,000 $63,000 $70,000
Los Angeles, CA $49,000 $50,000 $52,000 $55,000
Salt Lake City, UT $41,000 $42,000 $44,000 $46,000
Denver, CO $42,000 $45,000 $44,000 $49,000
Albuquerque, NM $36,000 $37,000 $38,000 $41,000
Phoenix, AZ $40,000 $40,000 $42,000 $43,000
Anchorage, AK $38,000 $36,000 $40,000 $39,000
Honolulu, HI $34,000 $33,000 $36,000 $36,000

 

Geographic Location:

Annual average salaries for both job titles differ greatly across the country. In general, they are higher in the Northeast and in the Northwest 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.com, PayScale.com, eHow.com, or Salary.com.

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, Salary.com 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 Salary.com 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 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 — 2014 Data
  Salary.com PayScale.com
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

 

Professional grant writers appear to command relatively high salaries in Canada. Such conclusions must remain subject to revision, however, due to the limits of pertinent, readily available, and timely data.

 

This post explores available data on the average and median salaries of grant writers in Canada. Occasional later posts will explore grant writing as a career in other parts of the world.

 

Average Salaries:

Data from Salaryexpert.com indicate that for a grant writer with one year of experience, the average salary for all of Canada is C$53,721. For the selected cities for which Salaryexpert.com reports data, the averages range from a low of C$45,636 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$62,585 in Yellowknife, NT. For the 25th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$33,956 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$46,568 in Yellowknife, NT. And for the 75th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$58,307 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$79,963 also in Yellowknife, NT.

 

Note: All data presented here are in Canadian dollars (C$). As of the week of this post, the C$ has been trading at or near parity with the US dollar (US$) in international exchange rates; consequently, reporting conversions to US$ would be redundant.

 

City and Province

25th Percentile

Average

75th Percentile

Calgary, AB

C$44,857

C$60,286

C$77,025

Edmonton, AB

C$39,277

C$52,787

C$67,443

Vancouver BC

C$42,660

C$57,332

C$73,251

Victoria, BC

C$38,603

C$51,882

C$66,288

Winnipeg, MB

C$36,234

C$48,697

C$62,218

Fredericton, NB

C$33,956

C$45,636

C$58,307

Yellowknife, NT

C$46,568

C$62,585

C$79,963

London, ON

C$39,126

C$52,583

C$67,183

Ottawa, ON

C$46,338

C$62,276

C$79,567

Toronto, ON

C$45,773

C$61,516

C$78,597

Montreal, QC

C$38,958

C$52,358

C$66,896

Quebec, QC

C$36,785

C$49,438

C$63,165

Regina, SK

C$37,554

C$50,471

C$64,485

Saskatoon, SK

C$36,719

C$49,349

C$63,051

Canada

C$53,721

 

Median Salaries:

Other information sources also present a fairly rosy picture for grant writers in Canada, but the sample sizes generally are too small to be reliable. PayScale.com indicates that the national median salary for grant writers is C$41,081, with a range of C$23,270 to C$61,825. For the only province for which it reports data — Ontario — the range is C$30,000 to C$67,000. Data for other provinces and for cities are not available.

 

Fringe Benefits:

PayScale.com indicates that vacation time varies with years of experience. Grant writers with 1 to 4 years of experience report 1.4 weeks (or 7 days); those with 5 to 9 years of experience report 1.5 weeks (or 7.5 days); and those with 10 to 19 years of experience report 1.0 weeks (or 5 days) of vacation time. The median bonus reported for grant writers in Canada is C$100 with a range of C$0 to C$550.

 

Compared to their counterparts in the United States of America, professional grant writers appear to command somewhat lower salaries in the United Kingdom. Such conclusions must remain subject to revision, however, due to the limits of  pertinent, readily available, and timely data.

 

This post explores available data on the average salaries of grant writers in the United Kingdom. Occasional later posts will explore grant writing as a career in other parts of the world.

 

Salary Ranges:

The Institute of Fundraising, based in the United Kingdom, published a report in 2009, which indicated that the most prevalent salary ranges for fundraisers of all types, among survey respondents, were: £20,000-£25,000, £25,000-£30,000, and £30,000-£35,000. For all fundraising positions advertised on five recruitment websites over a 12-week period, the two most prevalent salary ranges were £25,000-£30,000 and £30,000-£40,000.

 

The same report from the Institute of Fundraising, also indicated that the advertised salary range for a ‘Trust/Grants Fundraiser’ in the United Kingdom was £18,000-£41,000 while that for ‘Development’ was £18,000-£55,000.

 

Salaries by Region:

A second resource, mysalary.co.uk, published salary data for 2011. It reported that average salaries for Grant Writers varied by region in the United Kingdom. They ranged from £20,912 in Yorkshire and the Northeast to £28,492 in London.

 

The table below presents the 2011 salary data; for purposes of aiding international comparison, the table also applies an exchange rate as of the date of this post (£1.00 = $1.5563).

 

Grant Writer Salaries by Region in the United Kingdom

Region

British Pounds (£)

US Dollars ($)

Northwest

£23,003

$35,799.56

London

£28,492

$44,342.09

Yorkshire and Northeast

£20,912

$32,545.34

Southwest

£22,741

$35,391.81

Southeast

£26,924

$41,901.82

Scotland

£22,219

$34,579.42

Northern Ireland

£23,526

$36,613.51

Wales

£21,957

$34,171.67

Midlands

£24,310

$37,833.65

East of England

£21,696

$33,765.48

 

 

 

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, Salary.com 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 Salary.com 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 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 — 2013 Data

  Salary.com PayScale.com
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

 

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 Indeed.com, 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, PayScale.com, 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, PayScale.com 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, PayScale.com 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.

 

Bonuses:

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 PayScale.com 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 Indeed.com, PayScale.com, eHow.com, or Salary.com.

This post discusses commission-based compensation for grant writers. It is one of an ongoing series on Grant Writing as a Career. Earlier posts discussed hourly fees and flat fees, consultant retainer fees and prospect research fees, proposal review and editing fees, ordinary and general consulting business expenses, and contingency fees.

 

As previously noted, the odds of a given proposal being funded vary with the program, the funder, and the competition at the time of application. They vary with the applicant’s experience as a grant seeker, its track record in managing prior grant awards, and the merits of its problem-solving strategies. Seldom is a proposal’s positive outcome a certainty.

 

Commission-Based Compensation:

Contrasted with zero-sum contingency fees, another type of arrangement for deferred compensation pays the consultant a modest upfront fee, such as $2,500 or so per proposal. The client then agrees to pay a further commission upon notification or receipt of funding – either as a fixed sum or as a percentage of the amount of a grant award.

 

Consultants may state their deferred payment options on their websites. One consultant’s schedule – discoverable online – combined a fee with a commission in this way:

  • 60% of estimated fees due in advance (and)
  • 8% of awards over $75,000
  • 10% of awards between $25,000 and $74,999
  • 12% of awards between $10,000 and $24,999
  • 15% of awards between $500 and $9,999

 

In addition to the ‘estimated base fees,’ at the minimum points in each range, this option would amount to surcharges of:

  • $6,000 (at 8% of $75,000)
  • $2,500 (at 10% of $25,000)
  • $1,200 (at 12% of $10,000)
  • $75 (at 15% of $500)

 

With larger grants (such as those of $100,000 or more per year), percentage-based commissions more typically range from 1% to 5% of the total grant awarded.

 

Problems and Pitfalls of Commissions:

A budget is ‘padded’ when a line item is calculated at a higher amount than it should be or is introduced in its entirety when it is not necessary. Commission-based deferred payment arrangements may tempt proposal developers to pad their budget requests so that their pay-offs become that much larger. In the illustration above, from 8% to 15% of each dollar of padding would benefit the consultant, not the client.

 

Such padding goes beyond representing a cushion to account for annual cost inflation in certain items in a multiyear proposal (e.g., in salaries and fringe benefits). It also goes beyond realistic uncertainties in the future costs of certain requested products or services (e.g., those of computers or of airfares).

 

From the start, padding may be evasive or deceptive in its origins and its intent. At best it may be merely naïve. A client with severely limited financial resources may be more tempted than others to pad its grant budgets in order to pay a consultant’s commission. Whether naïve or deliberate, it is a bad practice since grant makers hold padded budgets in universal contempt.

 

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.

 

This post describes what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of salaries. Others in the series will discuss what Grant Writers do, where and when they work, the tools of the grant writing trade, a basic inventory of grant writing skills, typical career paths, and compensation in terms of hourly rates and consultants’ fees.

 

If you’d like to know more about what Grant Writers earn, please go to Writers Market, PayScale, eHow, or Salary.

 

Salaries:

Nationally, in the United States of America, median annual salaries for Grant Writers are $57,490. The middle 50% of Grant Writers earn from $50,985 to $65,188. The bottom 10% earns $45,062 or less; the top 10% earns $72,195 or more. These base salaries represent about 70% of total compensation. The other 30% is fringe benefits and bonuses.

 

Calculated on a full 52-week year, the same median annual salary is $1,105.57 per week and the range for the middle 50% is from $980.48 to $1,253.61 per week. Calculated over a 2,080-hour work-year, the same median salary is $27.64 per hour, and the same range for the middle 50% is from $24.51 to $31.34 per hour.

 

In terms of averages rather than medians, nationally the annual income range for a Grant Writer is $25,242 to $66,183 per year. This range includes bonuses but excludes fringe benefits.

 

Average annual salaries for Grant Writers vary by geographic location. As of April 2012, San Francisco, CA had the highest annual salary range: $40,205 to $87,106.

 

Other American cities and salary ranges include:

  1. Austin, TX: $39,305 to $50,868
  2. Boston, MA: $21,000 to $97,324
  3. Houston, TX: $24,083 to $52,971
  4. Los Angeles, CA: $34,478 to $59,049
  5. New York, NY: $33,713 to $63,023
  6. Philadelphia, PA: $23,836 to $55,369
  7. Portland, OR: $30,006 to $50,698
  8. Seattle, WA: $34,000 to $54,000
  9. Washington, DC: $32,966 to $72,129

 

Average annual salaries for Grant Writers vary by highest degree earned:

  1. Bachelor of Arts (BA): $34,200 to $47,500
  2. Master of Arts (MA): $38,693 to $50,000
  3. Doctorate (PhD): $49,168 to $60,983

 

Average annual salaries for Grant Writers also vary by the type of employer:

  1. Education: $27,806 to $59,674
  2. Healthcare: $28,691 to $61,264
  3. Non-profit Organization (NPO): $25,999 to $58,223
  4. Social Services: $26,257 to $55,392
  5. Youth Services: $26,393 to $53,294

 

As with other types of professional work, the for-profit sector often pays more than the non-profit sector.

 

Bonuses:

Bonuses vary by years of experience and top out at $4,500 to $5,000 for 20 or more years experience. Only one in every three Grant Writers reports getting a bonus. Reported bonuses most often are less than 1% of salaries, or less than $250 for every $25,000 in salary.

 

Fringe Benefits:

Fringe benefits amount to about 30% of total compensation. Aside from social security taxes (FICA), time off from work is the largest share of total benefits.

 

Average annual vacation time for Grant Writers is two weeks per year after 10 years of experience, and eight 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 may expect up to 20 days of paid vacation per year.

 

All factual material presented here is intended strictly for informational purposes only.

What Grant Writers earn depends on many factors. Among them are years of experience, level of educational attainment, geographic location, nature of the employer, and the number of hours worked per week.

 

This post describes what Grant Writers are paid as compensation in terms of hourly rates and consultants’ fees. A related post discusses what they are paid in terms of salaries. Others in the series will discuss what Grant Writers do, where and when they work, the tools of the grant writing trade, a basic inventory of grant writing skills, and typical career paths.

 

For more about what Grant Writers earn for hourly rates and fees, go to Writers Market, PayScale, eHow, or Salary.

 

Hourly Rates:  

Hourly rates for Grant Writers vary by the type of employer: (1) Educational Proposal/Grant Writers earn $35 to $100 per hour, average $67 per hour; (2) Nonprofit Proposal/Grant Writers earn $19 to $150 per hour, average $70 per hour; and (3) Government Proposal/Grant Writers earn $19 to $150 per hour, average $68 per hour.

 

Hourly rates for Grant Writers vary by years of experience: up to $25 per hour for less than 1 year; up to $30 per hour for 1-4 years; up to $45 per hour for 5-9 years; and up to $75 per hour for 10 or more years. Hourly rates also vary by geographic location.

 

Nationally, the average hourly pay rate for Grant Writers varies from $25 to $67. Consultants’ rates are somewhat higher. Generally, they range from $40 to $100 per hour, depending upon experience, geographic location, and other factors.

 

Project-Based Fees:

Many Grant Writers charge flat rate fees rather than hourly rates for doing prospect searches and preparing grant proposals. Fees range from $500 (or even less) to $5,000 or more.

 

The fees vary with the exhaustiveness of the prospect search, the complexity of the application process, the length of the proposal, the budget amount requested, the nearness of deadlines to proposal development start dates, and number of grant proposals required.

 

All factual material presented here is intended strictly for informational purposes only.

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