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Major Gifts Director Salary (United States)

Just 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 $112K per year, but median earnings come to around $78K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Major Gifts Directors is high. Most Major Gifts Directors survey respondents are women (72 percent).
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$50,868 - $112,995
MEDIAN: $78,236
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National Salary Data

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$50,868 - $112,995  
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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).
$50,876 - $112,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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Major Gifts Directors only report a few specific skills. Customer Relationship Management and Fundraising are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Relationship Management to be familiar with Fundraising as well.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $77K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Major Gifts Directors make a median salary of $85K. Major Gifts Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $87K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Major Gifts Directors in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Major Gifts Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+28 percent).

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Major Gifts Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%