Median pay for Entry-Level Non-Profit Executive Directors is around $51K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Non-Profit Executive Directors — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $86K. Slightly less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, over one-half report medical coverage and roughly two in five claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,319 - $86,821
(Median)
$31K
$51K
$87K
MEDIAN: $51,480
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$12.29 - $34.32
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$12
$18
$34
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$31,319 - $86,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,936  
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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$30,816 - $86,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 810
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $34.32  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $48,936  
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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$30,816 - $86,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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.

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Skills That Affect Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization Salaries

Organizational Development
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Business Development
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Budget Management
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Grant Management
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Leadership
0%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Strategic Planning
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Fundraising
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Administration
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Public Speaking
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Program Management
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Media / Public Relations
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Event Planning
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Marketing Communications
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Grant Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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