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.

$34,561 - $81,748
$35K
$51K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,475
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$13.38 - $27.66
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$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,561 - $81,748  
   
Bonus
$498.09 - $8,970  
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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$33,053 - $81,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $27.66  
   
Overtime
$15.72 - $31.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$498.09 - $8,970  
   
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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$33,053 - $81,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230

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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

  • 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


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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 $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.

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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

National Average: $50,571

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

Program Director, Non-Profit Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Program Director, Non-Profit

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 340 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries

▲26%

▲15%

▲1%

National Average
$51,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 340 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 22%
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