Major Gifts Director Salary

One-half of Major Gifts Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $52K to $112K per year, but median earnings come to around $81K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Major Gifts Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Major Gifts Directors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$52,801 - $112,952

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$52,801 - $112,952  
   
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$0.00 - $7,096  
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$52,064 - $112,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Major Gifts Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Fundraising is a skill commonly found among those who know Customer Relationship Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $70K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $88K on average.

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$82,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Director Salaries

Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

National Average
$82,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%
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