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Major Gifts Director Salary

With over one-half of Major Gifts Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Major Gifts Directors is $80K annually and can range from $51K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. More than half of Major Gifts Directors (69 percent) survey participants are women. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,806 - $113,880
MEDIAN: $80,125

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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.
$50,806 - $113,880  
$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).
$50,825 - $113,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Major Gifts Directors only report a few specific skills. Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Customer Relationship Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

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

For many Major Gifts Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $67K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $77K. For Major Gifts Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $88K on average.

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Director Salaries

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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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%