Major Gifts Director Salary

A little over a half of Major Gifts Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $51K to $111K per year, but median earnings come to around $80K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Major Gifts Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$51,007 - $111,141
(Median)
$51K
$80K
$110K
MEDIAN: $79,591
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$51,007 - $111,141  
   
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$0.00 - $7,096  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$50,983 - $110,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Major Gifts Directors report a narrow range of specific skills. Customer Relationship Management and Fundraising are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Customer Relationship Management and Fundraising are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Major Gifts Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Major Gifts Directors see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $88K.

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$80,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Director Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 6%

National Average
$80,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%
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