Program Director, Non-Profit Salary

For Non-Profit Program Directors, yearly average wages total $51K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Non-Profit Program Directors. While about one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Non-Profit Program Directors making up 76 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,977 - $82,128
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$34K
$51K
$82K
MEDIAN: $50,991
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$12.56 - $28.67
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$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$33,977 - $82,128  
   
Bonus
$393.05 - $8,090  
Profit Sharing
$2,254  
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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$32,598 - $81,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $28.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $38.80  
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
$393.05 - $8,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,254  
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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$32,598 - $81,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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. Non-Profit Program Directors typically move into roles as Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors, and those positions pay $24K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Director, Non-Profit


Many Non-Profit Program Directors can be found at YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), firms that are at the top of the field. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Catholic Charities offers the most; Non-Profit Program Directors earn $46K on average there.

Non-Profit Program Directors will find the worst pay at Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where the median salary crawls in at $34K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $40K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Program Director, Non-Profit


Survey takers working as Non-Profit Program Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Project Management, Budget Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Operations Management, Marketing Communications, and Community Outreach / Activism. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Director, Non-Profit

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


Non-Profit Program Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. On average, Non-Profit Program Directors make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Non-Profit Program Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,220

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Non-Profit Program Directors, 50 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Denver and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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



Budget Management
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Grant Writing
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Program Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$50,000

People Management
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Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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