Major Gifts Director Salary

The average Major Gifts Director in the United States earns approximately $80K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Major Gifts Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$51,240 - $110,964
MEDIAN: $80,014

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$51,240 - $110,964  
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$51,162 - $110,711  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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Major Gifts Directors usually report a few specific skills. Customer Relationship Management and Fundraising are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Customer Relationship Management to be familiar with Fundraising as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Director

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

For Major Gifts Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $68K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Major Gifts Directors see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 18 votes.


70 %
30 %

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: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%