Major Gifts Officer Salary

Median pay for Major Gifts Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $64K per year. In the world of Major Gifts Officers, overall cash allowance can sometimes include more than $14K from bonuses, causing incomes to vary widely between $49K and $90K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Major Gifts Officers making up 72 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,408 - $91,058
$48K
$65K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,240
10%
50%
90%

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$18.31 - $40.00
$32
MEDIAN: $32.00
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$0$92K
Salary $48,408 - $91,058
Bonus $0.00 - $14,391
Profit Sharing $50.00
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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$48,491 - $92,328
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 437
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $32.00
Overtime $13.50
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,391
Profit Sharing $50.00
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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$48,491 - $92,328
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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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It's not very common for Major Gifts Officers to move on to become Senior Major Gifts Officers. Average pay for a Senior Major Gifts Officer is $83K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Major Gifts Officer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, United Way offers the most; Major Gifts Officers earn $65K on average there.

Popular Skills for Major Gifts Officer


Survey results imply that Major Gifts Officers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Fundraising, Major Gifts Fundraising, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Donor Relations and Grant Writing. Most people experienced in Fundraising also know 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: $65,605

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

For those looking to make money, Major Gifts Officers in St. Louis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Major Gifts Officers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Major Gifts Officers in Atlanta make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (23 percent lower) and Denver (19 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Major Gifts Officer

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Major Gifts Officer Salaries

▲22%

▲15%

▲2%

National Average
$66,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Major Gifts Officer Salaries

Event Planning
▲9%

▼0%


National Average
$66,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼1%


Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software
▼3%

▼10%

Donor Relations
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 8%
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