Executive Director Salary

An Executive Director earns an average salary of $75,849 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in Team Leadership is associated with high pay for this job.

$41,614 - $161,205
$42K
$76K
$160K
MEDIAN: $75,849
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50%
90%

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$14.90 - $45.13
$15
$24
$45
MEDIAN: $24.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$41,614 - $161,205  
   
Bonus
$58.17 - $50,703  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,733  
Commission
$1,526 - $50,948  
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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$41,295 - $175,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8,397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $45.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.29  
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$58.17 - $50,703  
   
Commission
$1,526 - $50,948  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,733  
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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$41,295 - $175,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 356

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Job Description for Executive Director

Executive directors typically act as senior managers of organizations and businesses. Their responsibilities and duties can vary depending on where these professionals work; however, most duties are universal. Executive directors help to design, develop, and implement strategic plans to help their company work in a cost- and time-efficient manner. They are also responsible for overseeing day-to-day activity for the company, as well as developing future plans.

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Executive Director Tasks

  • Direct and track operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the press, partners, the community and clients.
  • Supervise department heads and conduct performance reviews.
  • Develop, maintain, expand and promote departments, services and offerings.
  • Analyze operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.

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Pay by Experience Level for Executive Director

Pay by Experience for an Executive Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Executive Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 2,114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Executive Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 2,631 salaries. An experienced Executive Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 3,900 salaries. An Executive Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 2,586 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,245

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Executive Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Executive Director?

Executive Director in Oklahoma City:
"Difficult to change organization culture and heal."
Pros: The opportunity to learn how to operate a non-profit. Learn the difference between governance and operational roles. Budgeting and supporting students in health professions.
Cons: Extremely poor governance and respect from the Board of Directors. Lack of understanding their role and responsibilities. Lack of strategic plan, policies, and procedures. The stress level and organization culture are not conducive to success and longevity.

Executive Director in New York:
"Work flexibility, stress levels, perks, team leadership."
Pros: Working with our staff and board to trumpet the cause of women.
Cons: It's hard to draw boundaries and limit my hours and thoughts about work.

Executive Director in Sandpoint:
"Life as the Executive Director."
Pros: Working with the people in need and mentoring staff who want to get better.
Cons: The money paid and the money available.

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Key Stats for Executive Director

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1284 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Executive Director Salaries

▲30%

▲12%

National Average
$76,000

▼11%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Executive Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1284 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 28%
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