Director Non-Profit Organization Salary

Non-Profit Directors in the United States pull down an average of $55K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under one in three claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Non-Profit Directors making up 71 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,264 - $89,153
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$35K
$55K
$89K
MEDIAN: $54,656
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$12.44 - $35.37
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,264 - $89,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$32,915 - $88,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $35.37  
   
Overtime
$35.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$32,915 - $88,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Director Non-Profit Organization

The director of a non-profit organization serves as figurehead, spokesperson, and leader for their organization. They are the point person for their entire organization, serving as its representative with the board of directors, media, staff, the public, funders, and regulatory agencies. As such, this executive manager plays several crucial roles. A non-profit director must be passionate for the agency's mission and be able to articulately express its vision and advocate on its behalf. The non-profit director should possess exemplary communication skills, since fundraising and public speaking are required. The director typically works in an office staffed at least with an executive assistant; however, much of the director's time likely will be spent away from the office in off-site meetings. Most of their work is conducted during typical business hours, but attendance at board meetings and other functions may require evening hours. Some travel to industry conferences and other pertinent events should be expected.

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Director Non-Profit Organization Tasks

  • Attend board of directors meetings, report activities, request input, and discuss recommendations from the board.
  • Develop and put into practice policies consistent with the organization’s vision and mission statement.
  • Administer the organization’s budget, making sure funds are used effectively.
  • Oversee the programs run by the organization, manage daily activities, and coordinate the staff.
  • Act as the organization’s spokesperson, participate in fundraising, and represent the organization at events.

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Non-Profit Directors may enjoy increased earnings if they become Non-Profit Executive Directors. This seems to be a popular career move, and Non-Profit Executive Director earn a slightly higher median of $60K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director Non-Profit Organization


Non-Profit Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fundraising, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Budget Management also tend to know Organizational Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Director Non-Profit Organization

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Non-Profit Directors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. On average, Non-Profit Directors make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $67K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,896

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Home to some of the best pay for Non-Profit Directors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Seattle (+15 percent). Rochester is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Director Non-Profit Organization Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Director Non-Profit Organization Salaries



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National Average
$54,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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