Fundraiser salaries fell slightly over the past year, survey finds

A report by TPP Not for Profit says that fundraisers also struggle to move up the career ladder from manager to head or director level

Fundraiser salaries down on average
Fundraiser salaries down on average

Fundraiser salaries have fallen by 3 per cent over the past year, a survey by a third sector recruitment agency shows.

TPP Not for Profit polled 498 fundraisers during May for its Fundraising Salary Survey 2014. The responses were anonymous, so the organisations at which the respondents worked are unknown.

The results show that the average fundraiser salary fell – for the first time in the four years in which TPP has been running the survey – from about £39,600 in 2013 to £38,500 this year.

But salaries at the most junior and senior levels rose, with fundraising assistants and coordinators receiving an average of 4 per cent more than last year (£22,600, up from £21,700 in 2013), and fundraising directors being paid an average of £61,300, 3 per cent more than last year’s average of £59,500.

The report says that the rise in junior level salaries occurred because of a trend for basic tasks to be given to unpaid interns and volunteers, which means that fundraising assistants and coordinators have been given more responsibility and higher pay.

"There also appears to be a difficulty in fundraisers moving up the career ladder from manager to head or director level, which again creates competition for the best candidates and continues to put pressure on salaries," it says. "Charities need to work to help fundraising executives and managers progress, as well as developing a pipeline of future fundraisers to replace them, or salaries at either end of the career ladder will continue to rise."

The report says that the gender pay gap has increased since last year, with female fundraisers now earning 15 per cent less than men, compared with 11 per cent less in 2013. The average female fundraiser earned £37,000 this year, whereas their male counterparts earned £43,500. Last year, the figures were £38,400 and £43,000 respectively.

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