Director Non-Profit Organization Salary (United States)

The average Non-Profit Director in the United States earns approximately $51,065 annually. Compensation ranges from $30,825 on the low end to $84,656 per year on the high end. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, 69 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Non-Profit Directors making up 71 percent of workers. Most Non-Profit Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Director Non-Profit Organization Salary (?
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$33,169 - $84,932
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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  
PayScale
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
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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  
PayScale
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 may experience a boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. Usually, an upper-level role like Non-Profit Executive Director will bring in slightly more money—an additional $8,394 annually.

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Popular Skills for Director Non-Profit Organization

Survey results suggest that Non-Profit Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Budget Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Fundraising, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Organizational Development tend to be well-versed 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.
For Non-Profit Directors, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Beginning workers can expect to earn $42K starting out, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $60K. Non-Profit Directors experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $69K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$51,000
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With a pay rate for Non-Profit Directors that is 40 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Non-Profit Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent) and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Rochester, 11 percent below the national average.

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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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Windows Operating System General Use
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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%
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