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Major Gifts Officer Salary

Average Major Gifts Officers in the United States make around $63K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Major Gifts Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,671 - $89,197
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$44K
$63K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,835
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$43,671 - $89,197  
   
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$0.00 - $8,081  
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$43,685 - $89,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 525

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Job Description for Major Gifts Officer

A major gifts officer works intimately with the annual giving or fundraising office of an organization. While most staff focus on calling donors for smaller amounts, the major gifts officer is focused on the large donations that the organization regularly receives and is responsible for ensuring that the donors at that level continue to donate substantial amounts. The employee will also look for prospective donors to add to the major gifts database and will keep track of donor information to see that the correct names, addresses, phone numbers, and other means of contact are on file with the organization. While standard office hours are worked, the major gifts officer will also be expected to attend fundraising events for the group, meet with current and prospective donors in person, and ensure that donors see or continue to see the benefit of giving to the organization. To that end, a professional demeanor is required and good social skills are a necessity. The major gifts officer will have excellent organizational and communication skills to keep information up to date and to keep in touch with donors to ensure that they see the impact of their gifts and the gratitude the organization has for their financial assistance. The major gifts officer will review annual donations and make recommendations to the fundraising office regarding how to show appreciation to the major gifts donors, such as an engraved plaque or an engraved brick in one of the walkways on the property. The employee will also be prepared to handle gifts made by bequest.


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.

Common Career Paths for Major Gifts Officer


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Major Gifts Officers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Major Gifts Officer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $83K per year.

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Popular Skills for Major Gifts Officer


Major Gifts Officers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Fundraising, Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Relationship Management, and Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Fundraising indicates knowledge of 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $56K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $66K. Major Gifts Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Major Gifts Officer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Major Gifts Officers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Major Gifts Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+41 percent), Dallas (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), and St. Louis (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Major Gifts Officer's salary, with Charlotte Major Gifts Officers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Workers in Columbus and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Major Gifts Officer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Fundraising
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$63,000

Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 6%
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