Major Gifts Officer Salary

Pay for Major Gifts Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. In the world of Major Gifts Officers, total cash compensation varies between $48K and $89K. Each package generally includes bonuses that can, in exceptional cases, reach as much as $14K and , respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for Major Gifts Officers is high. Major Gifts Officers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 69 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$47,813 - $88,122
$48K
$65K
$88K
MEDIAN: $64,533
10%
50%
90%

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$20.64 - $40.22
$36
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,813 - $88,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,911  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$48,042 - $89,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$36.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$48,042 - $89,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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Job Description for Major Gifts Officer

The purpose of a major gifts officer is to target possible donors for substantial donations to an organization and to solicit them for a large donation. In many cases, the process includes taking the potential donor to lunch, allowing him or her to meet with members on the board of directors, and demonstrating to the person why the company would benefit from their donation. Some of this job can take place in an office, such as sending emails and making phone calls to potential donors, but it also involves traveling to meet with targets donors.

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Major Gifts Officer Tasks

  • Coordinates and executes strategic plans and programs that increase fundraising capacity.
  • Records budget data including income and expense information.
  • Recruits, trains, and delegates volunteers for fundraising events.
  • Oversees the communication with donors and potential donors.

Common Career Paths for Major Gifts Officer


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Major Gifts Officers who move on to become Senior Major Gifts Officers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Major Gifts Officers get paid an average of $83K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Major Gifts Officer


United Way attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $65K.

Popular Skills for Major Gifts Officer


Survey results suggest that Major Gifts Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Fundraising, Major Gifts Fundraising, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Donor Relations and Grant Writing. Those educated in Fundraising tend to be well versed in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Officer

Pay by Experience for a Major Gifts Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Major Gifts Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 206 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Major Gifts Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 190 salaries. An experienced Major Gifts Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 106 salaries. A Major Gifts Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,941

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Major Gifts Officers, busy St. Louis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Major Gifts Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Major Gifts Officers in Atlanta take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Workers in Charlotte and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (23 percent less and 19 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Major Gifts Officer

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Major Gifts Officer Salaries

▲23%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$65,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Event Planning
▲10%

▲1%


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼0%

National Average
$65,000


Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
▼2%


Donor Relations
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 6%