An average Senior Major Gifts Officer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $83K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Major Gifts Officers (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women.

$56,918 - $113,514
MEDIAN: $83,413

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$56,918 - $113,514  
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$56,918 - $113,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 78

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Major Gifts Officer

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Senior Major Gifts Officers may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Director of Fundraising Development position, where pay tends to be around $61K.

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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.

Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $74K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $86K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Senior Major Gifts Officers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $90K on average.

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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 8 votes.


83 %
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 2%