Program Director, Non-Profit Salary
Non-Profit Program Directors in the United States pull down an average of $53K annually. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Non-Profit Program Directors making up 77 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$35,118 - $82,084|
|Bonus||$494.23 - $9,230|
|Total Pay (||$33,347 - $81,430|
|Hourly Rate||$13.27 - $27.59|
|Overtime||$14.00 - $40.50|
|Bonus||$494.23 - $9,230|
|Total Pay (||$33,347 - $81,430|
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
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 $89K annually. The most common next step for a Non-Profit Program Director is to become an Executive Director or a Non-Profit Executive Director. The former position pays an additional $23K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Director, Non-Profit
YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters, and The Salvation Army are among the top companies that take on many Non-Profit Program Directors. Those at Catholic Charities can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $44K.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $47K, Boys and Girls Clubs of America still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $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 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Curriculum Planning, Community Outreach / Activism, and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in 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
With a pay rate for Non-Profit Program Directors that is 48 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Non-Profit Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 13 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.
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