Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization Salary
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a desirable employer for Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators where the median salary comes in around $59K, beating the field's national median of $40K annually. Also paying near the top of the field are The Nature Conservancy at $53K, Columbia University at $51K, and University of Washington (UW), where Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators annually earn $43K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
Program coordinators in a non-profit organization (NPO) are often the face of a particular social service, charity, or foundation's project. They can run a certain segment or branch of the organization, and they usually work with the population that the non-profit serves, volunteers and subordinates, and the board of directors of the non-profit. They often collaborate with other departments in order to effectively serve the population and to serve the non-profit's mission.Read More...
Program coordinators usually work indoors, but their work can sometimes be outdoors depending on the nature of the organization. Their work may occasionally involve physical labor, especially if their NPO involves children, the elderly, or it is environmental organization. Usually, NPO program coordinators' work is done in an office, but they often do a lot of work in the field, whether it be supervising a program or planning the budget, functions, or even the hiring for a given program. Program coordinators usually supervise a group of employees or volunteers in the programs in which they run.
Most non-profit program coordinators need a bachelor's degree in business, social work, or any of the social sciences at the minimum. However, some organizations require their coordinators to have masters degrees. In most cases, the coordinators have a standard 9-5 work schedule, however like most managers, hours can vary well beyond "normal business hours."
Non-profit coordinators are the visionaries behind the programs they create and the organizations that they run. Their work is hard, and their days are long, but the work they do can be very rewarding.
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
- Manage administration of Non-Profit program.
- Promote Non-Profit organization within the community.
- Oversees program staff/volunteers.
Common Career Paths for Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
At the upper end, Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators 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. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators typically move into roles as Non-Profit Program Managers or Non-Profit Executive Directors, and those positions pay $5K more and $21K more, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
Survey takers working as Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Counseling, Program Management, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Organizing and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to know Event Planning and Microsoft Office.
Pay by Experience Level for Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $38K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. On average, Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.
Pay Difference by Location
For Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Baltimore (+5 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 10 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Indianapolis (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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