Average Major Gifts Directors in the United States make around $90K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up a slight majority of Major Gifts Directors (59 percent) survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,391 - $125,922
MEDIAN: $89,720

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$57,391 - $127,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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Job Description for Major Gifts Director

Non-profit organizations like charities, schools, and colleges often depend on sizeable financial gifts from well-to-do donors, which allow these groups to address short- and long-term needs, plans, and goals. Many non-profit organizations rely on a major gifts director to serve as the “face” of the organization and meet with potential donors and supporters to express their needs, explain goals, and gain support for the organization’s mission.


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Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

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

People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $87K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $87K. On average, Major Gifts Directors make $100K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $96K.

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Skills That Affect Major Gifts Director Salaries


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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

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


59 %
41 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 4%