Directors of Non-Profit Development are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing around $66K annually on average; Public Relations Managers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $50K, followed by Social Workers earning $45K and Fundraising Managers making $43K. Alzheimer's Association hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Accounting Managers (about $40K on average).
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($62K per year) can be spotted in Chicago, Ill.; Santa Barbara, Calif. ($54K), Baltimore, Md. ($50K), and Fairfax, Va. (approximately $48K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is St. Louis, Mo. at around $40K. By state, the highest pay levels are found in Illinois, where the average Alzheimer's Association employee makes about $62K annually.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $45K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (34 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $43K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Licensed Social Worker certainly has its perks — salaries approach $46K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. On average, salaries rise to $42K annually for accredited Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisions. Alzheimer's Association provides the highest financial reward to those with a master's in social work — these employees rake in approximately $54K per year.
In this position, it pays to have Budget Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of around $65K annually. Fundraising also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; one in four of employees surveyed report using it at work. Three more common skills are Event Planning, Counseling, and Program Management.
Employees who participated in the survey skew strongly female, with a female-to-male ratio of more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only 29 percent. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Alzheimer's Association, including a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and the larger part of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Some other perks are a casual working environment, flexible hours, and a subsidized cell phone.