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Fundraisers’ salaries drop in 2008

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Compensation for fundraising professionals in the U.S. and Canada dropped last year, and about four in 10 say they have explored switching employers within the last 12 months, a new study says.

The average salary for fundraisers in the U.S. fell 2 percent to $71,199 in 2008, while salaries in Canada dropped 3.9 percent to $71,511 in Canadian currency, says the report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In the U.S., fundraisers in the south-central part of the country made the least, with an average salary of $64,231, while those in the Northeast made an average of $76,847, more than any other region.

Canadian fundraisers in the central provinces earned an average of $75,862 in Canadian currency, more than the other two regions.

Professional credentials boosted earnings in both countries.

In the U.S., those with the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation earned an average of $15,000 more than their peers, while the credential lifted the average salary in Canada by $19,366 in Canadian currency.

Obtaining the advanced CFRE designation resulted in a spike of $36,000 in average salary in the U.S. and $26,703 in Canada.

About three quarters of fundraisers in both countries are men, who command a higher average salary than women in both countries.

That gender gap stands at about $20,000 in the U.S. and about $16,000 in Canada.

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