Non-Profit Program Directors in the United States take home an average $51K annually. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Female Non-Profit Program Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Non-Profit Program Directors.

$34,400 - $82,426
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,381
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$13.04 - $27.57
(Median)
$13
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,400 - $82,426  
   
Bonus
$504 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$32,794 - $81,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$504 - $7,830  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$32,794 - $81,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Program Director, Non-Profit

Non-profit organizations have different aims and goals from profit-driven enterprises, and although both types share common forms of internal structure and use similar methods to generate revenue, the challenges facing the non-profit director of the operation are quite different from those of a corporate or business executive.

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Program Director, Non-Profit Tasks

  • Ensure that record keeping and statistical information is maintained, updated and communicated.
  • Supervise the program managers/coordinators, assisting with staff hiring, coaching and evaluation.
  • Coordinate program planning and development with other company activities.
  • Evaluate program policies to ensure that they meet client needs, are effectively administered, are fairly applied.
  • Assist in preparing program budgets; administer approved amounts, ensuring compliance.

Common Career Paths for Program Director, Non-Profit


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For Non-Profit Program Directors, progressing to a Director of Operations role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Operations can earn $88K annually. Career advancement for the typical Non-Profit Program Director often leads to becoming an Executive Director or a Non-Profit Executive Director; median salaries in these positions are $24K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Director, Non-Profit


YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), and The Salvation Army are top-notch employers for Non-Profit Program Directors in this area. Those at Catholic Charities can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $44K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where the median salary is just $34K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $25K to $47K.

Popular Skills for Program Director, Non-Profit


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Community Outreach / Activism, Fundraising, and Curriculum Planning. Those familiar with People Management also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Director, Non-Profit

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Non-Profit Program Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Non-Profit Program Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,433

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Non-Profit Program Directors in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Non-Profit Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), Philadelphia (+24 percent), and Baltimore (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

Program Director, Non-Profit Reviews

What is it like working as a Program Director, Non-Profit?

Program Director, Non-Profit in Springfield:
"High stress, lots of multi-tasking, frequent travel."
Pros: That the work benefits people in impoverished communities. I enjoy seeing that first hand.
Cons: The structure in our office. Lots of disorganization, laziness, and entitlement. A lot of extra work gets dumped on me because I have shown I will fill in holes and am capable, but there's only so much I can do or should have to do when others are under-performing. I end up doing others' jobs on top of my own and when I address this issue, I am met with hostility. I'm at the point where I am only doing this job because of what we do and how we benefit others. The office environment is virtually unlivable and causing health problems as I am stretched.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Becket:
"Mission Based Work."
Pros: The work is interesting and mission driven. I feel like I work for a good cause. I have a lot of autonomy over my department. I work with amazing people. I get to travel internationally for my job and meet interesting people all over the world.
Cons: The amount of office time. The cost of our programs limit many people from participating. I can't imagine how I could have children and do this job.

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Experience Affects Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries



Project Management
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Budget Management
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Grant Writing
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Program Development
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National Average
$50,000

Team Leadership
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Program Management
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People Management
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Organizational Development
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Fundraising
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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