Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization Salary
Job Description for Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization
Non-profit organization (NPO) program administrators serve a middle management position in organizing and leading teams in various functions such as collecting donations, planning fundraisers, planning and completing missions and various other functions that NPO's perform. They usually report to program managers, and they usually work a standard Monday through Friday work week in an office environment. Since they work hands-on with their company's events and functions, they may also work after hours or on weekends during a program event.Read More...
NPO program administrators are usually involved in the staffing of their teams as well, so they are usually involved in the interviewing, hiring and training of the employees they oversee. In addition, they handle a great deal of paperwork--from program financial reports to client records--so they must have a keen eye for detail and a strong proficiency with computers and necessary word processing, spreadsheet and accounting programs. They must also have a degree in business or a related field. Most employers also want their program administrators to have several years of work experience with NPO's or similar experience in the for-profit sector.
Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
- Assist in training and management of staff and volunteers.
- Plan and direct the administrative portion of the non-profit program.
Common Career Paths for Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization
At the upper end, Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators who move into an Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Directors is a much higher $75K per year. Going from Non-Profit Organization Program Administrator to Non-Profit Program Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Non-Profit Program Managers is $44K. Many others choose to work as Non-Profit Executive Directors, where pay is typically $60K.
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Popular Skills for Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Program Management, Database Management & Reporting, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Office Administration, Customer Service, and Marketing Communications. For most people, competency in Program Management indicates knowledge of Budget Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $43K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. For Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $51K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+28 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Washington (+6 percent). Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Non-Profit Organization Program Administrators in San Diego bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (19 percent lower) and Minneapolis (17 percent lower).
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