Development Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$110,000
$66,000
$110,000
$183,000
Development directors in the United States make an average salary of $110,282 per year or $53.02 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $66,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $183,000. If you like following the crowd, non profits and education companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out technology, media, and health care companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Washington, Arizona, Idaho, New York, and Virginia provide the highest development director salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Phoenix, AZ
$129,195
Seattle, WA
$125,576
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Map of Development Director Salaries

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Average Development Director Salary By Location

While a development director can average a salary of $110,282 per year, or $53.02 per hour, there are many opportunities for development directors to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $132,210 per year. Other high-paying locations include Phoenix, AZ, Seattle, WA and Arlington, VA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $66,000. The highest paying states for development directors include Washington, Arizona and Idaho. Meanwhile, Alabama, Hawaii, and Montana offer the lowest salaries.

Average Development Director Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a development director, working for Apple or Microsoft might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Symantec and The Walt Disney Company report highly competitive salaries for development directors.

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Average Development Director Pay By Industry

Development director salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with technology, media, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a development director can make a yearly salary of $136,687 while working for technology companies. All the while, other development directors are making $131,506 at media companies and $122,801 at health care companies. One industry development directors may want to avoid is the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $88,232.

Industry
Average Salary
Technology
Technology
$136,687
$137k
Media
Media
$131,506
$132k
Health Care
Health Care
$122,801
$123k
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$121,907
$122k
Finance
Finance
$120,692
$121k
Retail
Retail
$105,243
$105k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$91,797
$92k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$88,232
$88k

Development Director Salary History

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Recently Added Development Director Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Educational Policy Development Dir-Doe
Educational Policy Development Dir-Doe
07/15/2020
07/15/2020
$60,000
$60,000
07/15/2020
Director of Development, Law School
Director of Development, Law School
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
$109,516
$109,516
06/26/2020
Director, IRW Development (7122)
Director, IRW Development (7122)
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$75,000
$75,000
06/19/2020
Development Director
Development Director
06/09/2020
06/09/2020
$64,000
$64,000
06/09/2020
Albany Charter School Network
Albany Charter School Network
Director of Development
Director of Development
Director of Development
06/08/2020
06/08/2020
$85,000
$85,000
06/08/2020
Albany Charter School Network
Albany Charter School Network
Director of Development, Annual Giving
Director of Development, Annual Giving
Director of Development, Annual Giving
06/08/2020
06/08/2020
$82,000
$82,000
06/08/2020
Colorado State University
Colorado State University
Director of Development for The College of Natural Sciences
Director of Development for The College of Natural Sciences
Director of Development for The College of Natural Sciences
06/07/2020
06/07/2020
$100,000
$100,000
06/07/2020
County of New Kent
County of New Kent
Building Development Director/Building Official
Building Development Director/Building Official
Building Development Director/Building Official
05/31/2020
05/31/2020
$59,277
$59,277
05/31/2020
Director of Talent Development
Director of Talent Development
05/27/2020
05/27/2020
$100,000
$100,000
05/27/2020
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders
Director of Development
Director of Development
Director of Development
05/06/2020
05/06/2020
$148,700
$148,700
05/06/2020