Major Gifts Officer Salary

For Major Gifts Officers, yearly average wages total $65K annually. In the world of Major Gifts Officers, overall income ranges from $48K near the bottom to $88K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Major Gifts Officers survey respondents are women (70 percent). Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,328 - $87,389
$47K
$65K
$87K
MEDIAN: $64,781
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$20.64 - $40.22
$36
MEDIAN: $36.00
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Salary
$47,328 - $87,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,787  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$47,522 - $88,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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$36.00  
   
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,787  
   
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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$47,522 - $88,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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Many Major Gifts Officers move into a Senior Major Gifts Officer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $83K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Major Gifts Officer


United Way offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $65K.

Popular Skills for Major Gifts Officer


Survey results show that Major Gifts Officers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Fundraising, Major Gifts Fundraising, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Donor Relations and Grant Writing. It is often found that people who know Fundraising are also skilled in Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Major Gifts Officer

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


For many Major Gifts Officers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $66K. Major Gifts Officers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $78K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,172

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

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Major Gifts Officers in St. Louis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Major Gifts Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Boston (+14 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Washington (+6 percent). Major Gifts Officers in Denver report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Atlanta and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 23 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Major Gifts Officer

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Major Gifts Officer Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$65,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Event Planning
▲10%

▲1%

Major Gifts Fundraising
▲1%

National Average
$65,000



Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
▼3%


Donor Relations
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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