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Major Gifts Director Salary

Major Gifts Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $50K to $112K per year, median earnings come to $79K per year. Location 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. The majority of Major Gifts Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$49,515 - $112,247
MEDIAN: $78,792

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$49,515 - $112,247  
$0.00 - $7,891  
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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).
$49,652 - $111,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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Typical Major Gifts Directors report a focused set of job skills. Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Competency in Customer Relationship Management frequently indicates knowledge of Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

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

Major Gifts Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. On average, Major Gifts Directors make $85K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $86K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Major Gifts Director Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

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


69 %
31 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%