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Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salary (United States)

Non-Profit COOs who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up two-thirds of Non-Profit COOs. Pay fluctuates from $53K to $183K per year, but expected earnings average $91K annually. In the world of Non-Profit COOs, overall income ranges from $53K near the bottom to $183K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salary (?
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$53,067 - $177,883
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MEDIAN: $91,288
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$14.19 - $76.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$53,067 - $177,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,329  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $25,342  
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
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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$53,469 - $183,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 733
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Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $76.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,329  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $10,500  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $25,342  
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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$53,469 - $183,434  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization

The chief operating officer (COO) for a non-profit organization participates in financial and business planning for their organization, reviews reports, and offers the chief executive officer (CEO) on financial decisions. The COO will monitor internal procedures and identify the most efficient methods to employ in running the organization on a day to day basis. The COO oversees the regular administration of the offices and the operation of the organization's facilities and equipment. The officer manages the staffing needs of the non-profit organization including job listings, hiring and training new employees, managing employee benefits, and retaining upstanding employees by promoting a good work environment in which people want to stay. The chief operating officer is responsible for looking over financial reports to manage the organization's budget and ensure that everyone is adhering to auditing and accounting policies. A bachelor's degree is required in business, accounting or a related field, and an MBA or master's degree is usually preferred. Several years of experience in a management role, preferably with non-profit, is required.
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Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
  • Supervise the daily administration of the organization’s offices and the operation of equipment and facilities.
  • Monitor internal processes, and identify and employ the most efficient methods of running the organization.
  • Oversee the staffing of the organization, hiring, training, employee benefits, and the retention of employees.
  • Participate in financial and business planning, review financial reports, and advise the CEO about financial decisions.
  • Manage the budgeting process and ensure auditing and accounting policies are followed.

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Popular Skills for Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Budget Management, Senior Financial Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 7 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management. Most people familiar with Operations Management also know Organizational Development and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Non-Profit COOs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $74K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $83K. Non-Profit COOs see a median salary of $97K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $116K — the plum median salary in this group. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 30 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 33 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 36 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$92,000
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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Non-Profit COOs, 73 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, top-paying markets where Non-Profit COOs rake in more than the national norm (+54 percent, +36 percent, +36 percent, and +29 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

National Average
$92,000

Skills That Affect Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

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National Average
$92,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%