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

66 percent of Non-Profit COOs in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $53,469 to $183,434 per year, but standard earnings come to around $92,070 annually. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. For the most part, Non-Profit COOs enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salary (?
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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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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $76.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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

Non-Profit COOs generally report applying a varied skill set 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management. Those proficient in Operations Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 Non-Profit COOs, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Pay increases are minimal for Non-Profit COOs just starting out. Salaries only go from $77K to $83K after a decade. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $100K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Non-Profit COOs and pay is expected at $116K. The range of experience in this workforce varies greatly: 33 percent of respondents have between one and nine years of experience; 36 percent have between 10 and 20 years, and 30 percent boast more than two decades of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$92,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Non-Profit COOs, 73 percent higher than the national average. Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Non-Profit COOs earning around 54 percent, 36 percent, 36 percent, and 29 percent more than average. In Indianapolis, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -9 percent and -2 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

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$92,000

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

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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%