Entry-Level Executive Directors can expect wages of $56K annually on average. In the world of Entry-Level Executive Directors, final incomes generally run from $34K to $97K; this includes potential for up to $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $38K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Executive Directors is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a little more than half and dental coverage is claimed by over a third. Female Entry-Level Executive Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$34,845 - $96,065
$35K
$56K
$96K
MEDIAN: $56,282
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$13.60 - $34.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,845 - $96,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,690  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,873  
Commission
$1,521 - $38,255  
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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$34,186 - $97,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,084
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.60 - $34.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.29  
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,690  
   
Commission
$1,521 - $38,255  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $18,873  
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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$34,186 - $97,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,627

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For Entry-Level Executive Directors, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Executive Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), San Diego (+34 percent), Detroit (+32 percent), and Seattle (+30 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 2 percent below the national average.

Executive Director Advice

Q: 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.

Executive Director in St. Louis:
"Administration for Nonprofits."
Be sure to understand the administrative requirements of running a nonprofit including a great focus on the program's mission.

Executive Director in Rahway:
"Build a network."
Don't wait for others to setup a network of contacts for you. Get their help, but be proactive.

Key Stats for Executive Director

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 votes.
063
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
31%
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Skills That Affect Executive Director Salaries



People Management
up arrow 6%


Budgeting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$56,000




Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 8%



Grant Writing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 44%
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