Major Gifts Director Salary

For Major Gifts Directors, annual average wages total $83K per year. Residence and career length 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Major Gifts Directors. Women account for the majority of Major Gifts Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,048 - $113,250
MEDIAN: $82,629

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$55,048 - $113,250  
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$54,452 - $112,860  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Major Gifts Directors report a focused set of job skills. Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Customer Relationship Management are typically practiced in Fundraising, too.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $81K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $81K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Major Gifts Directors make a median salary of $85K. Major Gifts Directors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $89K.

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%