Program Director, Non-Profit Salary
Earnings for Non-Profit Program Directors in the United States come in at around $51K annually on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by experience level and the specific company. The majority of Non-Profit Program Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Non-Profit Program Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$34,561 - $81,748|
|Bonus||$498.09 - $8,970|
|Total Pay (||$33,053 - $81,144|
|Hourly Rate||$13.38 - $27.66|
|Overtime||$15.72 - $31.66|
|Bonus||$498.09 - $8,970|
|Total Pay (||$33,053 - $81,144|
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.Read More...
Non-profit program directors have two primary goals: getting and spending. Non-profit organizations are typically funded by donations, so ensuring income is an essential function of the program director and a certain degree of creativity is necessary to find new revenue streams and take maximum advantage of those that currently exist. Spending this money effectively is also a major challenge, as two different non-profit organizations may have very different priorities. This money is often spent on staffing, administrative overhead, sponsored causes, and advertising and outreach, and it all must be scrupulously recorded. These program directors must also provide vision for the organization to solidify its aims and communicate them to everyone within the organization, and they are generally responsible for staffing, soliciting volunteers if necessary, and developing workable budgets.
The leadership of the non-profit program director largely determines the health and success of the non-profit organization. Those in this position must be effective communicators who can get the most out of individuals and inspire them to do their best, even for little to no compensation. A strong sense of ethics is also important, as is a true dedication to the causes the non-profit strives to promote.
Program Director, Non-Profit Tasks
- 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.
- Coordinate program planning and development with other company activities.
- Ensure that record keeping and statistical information is maintained, updated and communicated.
- Supervise the program managers/coordinators, assisting with staff hiring, coaching and evaluation.
Common Career Paths for Program Director, Non-Profit
As Non-Profit Program Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Director of Operations, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Directors of Operations earn $89K on average per year. It is quite typical for Non-Profit Program Directors to transition into roles as Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors, where reported median earnings are $24K and $9K higher per year.
Popular Employer Salaries for Program Director, Non-Profit
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Non-Profit Program Directors include YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Salvation Army. Catholic Charities leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $44K.
The pay scale is far from balanced at Boys and Girls Clubs of America. While salaries on one end can reach $47K, the company's median pay sits at $34K, the lowest in the field.
Popular Skills for Program Director, Non-Profit
Survey results imply that Non-Profit Program Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Curriculum Planning, Community Outreach / Activism, and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those who know People Management also know Project Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Program Director, Non-Profit
Pay by Experience for a Program Director, Non-Profit has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Director, Non-Profit with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 957 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Director, Non-Profit with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,009 salaries. An experienced Program Director, Non-Profit which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 897 salaries. A Program Director, Non-Profit with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 329 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Non-Profit Program Directors, 51 percent higher than the national average. Non-Profit Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).
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