Major Gifts Officer Salary

Median pay for Major Gifts Officers in the United States is around $63K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Major Gifts Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are more female Major Gifts Officers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,186 - $89,771
MEDIAN: $63,390

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$44,186 - $89,771  
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$44,186 - $89,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 565
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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.


Major Gifts Officer Tasks

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

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While Major Gifts Officers do not often become Senior Major Gifts Officers, the job pays $83K per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for

With a median salary of only $51K, American Red Cross pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $40K to $75K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for

Survey results suggest that Major Gifts Officers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Donor Relations, Fundraising, Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning. Those proficient in Fundraising are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For Major Gifts Officers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $67K. For Major Gifts Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

Major Gifts Officers in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — the highest-paid cities for Major Gifts Officers in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Major Gifts Officers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Major Gifts Officers in Charlotte bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Columbus and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


67 %
33 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 5%