Senior Major Gifts Officer Salary

Just below two-thirds of Senior Major Gifts Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $61K to $120K per year, and the average comes out to $86K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Major Gifts Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Senior Major Gifts Officers survey respondents are women (72 percent).

$60,153 - $117,733
MEDIAN: $85,864

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$60,153 - $117,733  
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$61,303 - $119,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Job Description for Senior Major Gifts Officer

Senior major gifts officers are responsible for coordinating fundraising, receiving donations, and completing administrative tasks for their organizations, as well as contacting prospective donors, conducting annual events to recognize the organization's efforts, and brainstorming ideas for short-and long-term strategies to increase brand-recognition and loyalty.


Senior Major Gifts Officer Tasks

  • Develops plans to secure gifts from new sources.
  • Cultivates relationships with current donors through a series of in-person visits and solicitations.
  • Manages a portfolio of individual, company, and organization donors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Major Gifts Officer

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

Senior Major Gifts Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $74K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $88K. Senior Major Gifts Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $90K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $91K.

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Experience Affects Senior Major Gifts Officer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


72 %
28 %

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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%