Entry-Level Executive Director Salary

Entry-Level Executive Directors can expect wages of $56K per year on average. Incomes of Entry-Level Executive Directors depend heavily on individual performance. In exceptional cases, bonuses and profit sharing can bring in $19K each, and a few high-rollers can pull down as much as $39K in commissions; this causes total packages to range between $34K and $98K. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Entry-Level Executive Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. While more than two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly two in five have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Executive Directors. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,956 - $96,909
$35K
$56K
$97K
MEDIAN: $56,325
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$13.70 - $34.74
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,956 - $96,909  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,440  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,309  
Commission
$1,515 - $38,520  
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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$34,375 - $98,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,959
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $34.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.29  
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,440  
   
Commission
$1,515 - $38,520  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,309  
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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$34,375 - $98,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 155

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For Entry-Level Executive Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Brookdale Senior Living Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $76K, the highest in the area.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,428

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

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Executive Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Executive Directors will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+32 percent), Washington (+32 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), and Houston (+26 percent). Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 292 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
31%
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Skills That Affect Executive Director Salaries

▲8%




Budgeting
▲2%

National Average
$55,000





Project Management
▼4%

Marketing Communications
▼5%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▼7%

▼10%

Grant Writing
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
no benefits
None: 43%