Program Director, Non-Profit Salary

An average Non-Profit Program Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K per year. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Non-Profit Program Directors is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Female Non-Profit Program Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent.

$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
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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

  • 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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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 $88K on average per year. When Non-Profit Program Directors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Those roles pay an additional $24K and $9K, respectively.

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Non-Profit Program Directors flock to YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, and Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Catholic Charities — the median salary there is $46K.

With a median salary of $34K, Boys and Girls Clubs of America provides Non-Profit Program Directors with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $40K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Program Director, Non-Profit


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Non-Profit Program Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,220

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

Home to some of the best pay for Non-Profit Program Directors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Program Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+28 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), and Philadelphia (+22 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (10 percent less) and Pittsburgh (3 percent less).

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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Team Leadership
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Fundraising
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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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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