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

Non-Profit COOs with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately two-thirds of Non-Profit COOs in the United States. Salaries average out to around $92,070 annually and spread from $53,469 to $183,434 per year. Cash earnings—including $20K in bonuses and $25K profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $53,067 to $177,883 depending on individual performance. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most Non-Profit COOs report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
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  
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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Project Management. The majority of those who know 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.
Pay for Non-Profit COOs increases steadily with experience. At career start, salaries are typically $77K, which grows only modestly to $83K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $100K. Earnings jump to six figures only after two decades in the field, and these experienced workers make around $100K. Age distribution in this workforce is widespread and evident in its breakdown: 33 percent of those who answered report one to nine years of experience; 36 percent claim 10-20 years, and 30 percent have more than two decades under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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$92,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Non-Profit COOs, New York offers exceptional salaries, 73 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, where Non-Profit COOs typically earn around 54 percent, 36 percent, 36 percent, and 29 percent more than usual. Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Atlanta (-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%
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