Entry-Level Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization Salary

An average Entry-Level Non-Profit Executive Director can expect to take home roughly $52K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Non-Profit Executive Directors ranges from $31K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Entry-Level Non-Profit Executive Directors are happy with their jobs. Although nearly one-half lack health benefits of any kind, one-half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$31,249 - $86,771
$31K
$52K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,511
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$12.02 - $33.59
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MEDIAN: $18.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,249 - $86,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,830  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$30,685 - $86,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 868
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.02 - $33.59  
   
Overtime
$27.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,830  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$30,685 - $86,282  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Knoxville:
"Do what you love."
Follow your mission for work and life, be accountable and honest, continue to learn and grow.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in St. Augustine:
"Changing of the Guard."
New Presidents and Board members changing every 2 years or more, possessing different levels of management and work experience make it extremely difficult to maintain continuity in an organization and the workplace. Do the best you can by making decisions based on what you know at the time, as you will seldom receive input, if even responses from Board members. Don't delay the decisions. Treat the organization as if it were your own company, and as if it makes a difference to the quality of life for many people.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Los Angeles:
"The degree of flexibility one needs."
Breathe, take care of yourself, for situations will always be there.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Palatine:
"Attitudes toward non-profit leadership wages."
Realize there is a pervasive attitude that leaders in the non-profit world should not make very much money for their work. You will constantly need to defend your value and worth and the work of your organization.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Orlando:
"More about fund raising."
Use all your contacts, work everyday to meet leaders in our community, remain positive and always have goals so you know where you are going. Perks of this job are endless because the people/patients you meet have been diagnosed with the worst cancers in the world but they effect the most wonderful women you will ever meet. What we do at WGCA is save lives and I go home everyday feeling like I have worked to accomplish something significant.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Houston:
"How important Careers in Health & Human Services are needed."
Get direct experience working with clients and listening to their issues.

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization in Helena:
"Know Your Duties."
When applying for a job, or before accepting a position, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. See a job description, investigate the company you might be working for, talk to employees, if possible.

Key Stats for Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
30%
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Skills That Affect Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

Budget Management
▲5%

Operations Management
▲5%

Organizational Development
▲5%

Business Development
▲4%

Leadership
▲1%

National Average
$51,000

Administration
▼1%

Fundraising
▼1%

Strategic Planning
▼1%

Public Speaking
▼4%

Project Management
▼4%

Event Planning
▼7%

Marketing Communications
▼7%

Program Management
▼8%

Media / Public Relations
▼8%

Grant Writing
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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