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Director Non-Profit Organization Salary (United States)

For Non-Profit Directors, yearly wages usually total $52K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Non-Profit Directors are women (71 percent). For the most part, Non-Profit Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Director Non-Profit Organization Salary (?
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$33,169 - $84,932
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MEDIAN: $52,239
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Director Non-Profit Organization Salary (?
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$12.20 - $30.83
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$33,169 - $84,932  
   
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$0.00 - $5,000  
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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$30,825 - $84,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 470
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $30.83  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $97.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
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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$30,825 - $84,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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.

Common Career Paths for Director Non-Profit Organization

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Non-Profit Directors often transition into upper-level roles, like Non-Profit Executive Director, where average pay is $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director Non-Profit Organization

Non-Profit Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Program Management, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Fundraising, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Organizational Development are also skilled in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director Non-Profit Organization

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Non-Profit Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. On average, Non-Profit Directors make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $69K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, just over a half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Non-Profit Directors, 40 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent) and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Rochester.

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Experience Affects Director Non-Profit Organization Salaries

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$51,000

Skills That Affect Director Non-Profit Organization Salaries

Budget Management
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People Management
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Microsoft Word
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$51,000
Windows Operating System General Use
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Organizational Development
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 30%