Entry-Level Executive Directors pull down an average of $56K annually. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Executive Directors — including $16K bonuses, $15K profit sharing proceeds, and $38K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $34K and $96K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Executive Directors making up 70 percent. Most Entry-Level Executive Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but just over a half have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,646 - $93,573
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$94K
MEDIAN: $55,746
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$13.86 - $36.20
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$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,646 - $93,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,107  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,101  
Commission
$1,526 - $38,000  
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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$34,224 - $96,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $36.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.29  
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,107  
   
Commission
$1,526 - $38,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,101  
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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$34,224 - $96,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,388

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Executive Directors, 37 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Executive Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Detroit (+32 percent), Houston (+31 percent), and Boston (+27 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent.

Executive Director Advice

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

Executive Director in Philadelphia:
"Be a Business Major."
Get a business undergraduate degree and a masters in the field you want to spend your life in.

Executive Director in Toms River:
"Things to focus on."
Very important to manage relationship. Be a great listener. Focus on fiscal discipline and then focus on building better leadership in the programs. Manage the vocabulary and communication with staff, community, and the Board. It is not necessarily what you say, but how you say it.

Executive Director in Bellevue:
"Value of Ongoing Learning."
Everyone you meet offers you an opportunity to learn and grow. Be cautious not to miss and/or waste those experiences and opportunities.

Executive Director in Louisville:
Read books that are written for the person in this position and how to live a balanced successful life. This position can negatively affect other aspects of your life if you don't set a well defined and regular schedule to ensure balance. Reach out to other successful Executive Directors for advice and peer support.

Executive Director in Tallahassee:
"Obtaining credentialing/ licensing is paramount."
Know your job description. Make sure your job description and the Board of Directors expectations of the ED match. Make sure you set up job expectations for the people you supervise. Know the experience level, expertise, systems of therapy to be used, what grants you have and the expectations and requirements of each grant. Make sure you get up to date financial information needed to do your job.

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Skills That Affect Executive Director Salaries


People Management
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Budgeting
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Team Leadership
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Marketing Communications
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 301 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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