Originally Posted by Piobaire
These are not 9-5 jobs (but then again, what really well paying jobs are?) and you really need to be a self-starter. If you want an eye opener, pull the 990s on any local non-profit with a budget >$10 million and development revenues > $1.2 million or so. You'll find the head development person will being making 110k or more. Get into the big leagues, like say chief development officer for a large university, and you're talking 500k or more. With a big university, they'll have dozens of specialized folks, like say "major gifts, college of medicine," and they'll all be making 120-180k.
Hours and pay depends who you are in the organization, of course.
Re: hours -- my wife was making about $75k for a well-heeled but low-paying private school as the "head" of prospect research. (She was the only prospect researcher.) She worked less than 9-5. Her best friend was making closer to $100k, and she was not working 9-5 either -- part-time now. Their boss was probably pulling in $150k - $200k. She worked longer hours, but not much more than 9-5. Probably 50-60 hour weeks, but that includes a lot of meetings and schmoozing with donors (i.e., socializing with the wealthy). The boss had, of course, a lot more accountability.
Re: self-starting -- not especially. It's a hierarchy so someone will tell you what to do, although of course you must know your job and do it. If you know the profession, then, yes, sometimes you must figure things out on your own, but it's not like being an entrepreneur or trader.