Volunteer Coordinator Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Volunteer Coordinators in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $35K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $46K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most Volunteer Coordinators report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,472 - $46,524
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $35,117
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$10.67 - $21.13
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$11
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$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,472 - $46,524  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$24,556 - $46,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 869
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.67 - $21.13  
   
Overtime
$1.20 - $33.14  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$24,556 - $46,019  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 605
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Job Description for Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer coordinators act as liaisons and oversee the volunteer (and sometimes intern) activity for non-profit organizations. They handle the on-boarding (and letting go of) new volunteers. As such, they recruit, train, place and supervise volunteers. When they receive new recruits, they administer training sessions, informational materials, and answer questions regarding volunteer placement.

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Volunteer Coordinator Tasks

  • Conduct volunteer orientations and collect volunteer feedback to improve orientations and activities.
  • Recruit and build volunteer team and their skills, conduct outreach, and increase awareness.
  • Oversee and supervise all volunteer scheduling, activities, and screening.
  • Maintain volunteer files and match volunteers with projects suited to their skills.

Common Career Paths for Volunteer Coordinator


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Volunteer Coordinators may progress into high-paying roles like Executive Director, where median compensation is $74K annually. A common career progression for a Volunteer Coordinator is to become a Director of Volunteer Services or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator. Compared to Volunteer Coordinators, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Volunteer Coordinator


Although The Salvation Army offers the highest salaries (median pay is $34K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $24K to $40K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Habitat For Humanity, where the median salary is just $28K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $21K to $44K.

Popular Skills for Volunteer Coordinator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Community Outreach / Activism, Project Coordinating, Event Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Budget Management, and Program Management. Most people experienced in People Management also know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Volunteer Coordinator

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Volunteer Coordinators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Volunteer Coordinators make a median salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Volunteer Coordinators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,705

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

For Volunteer Coordinators, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Volunteer Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Indianapolis and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

Volunteer Coordinator Reviews

What is it like working as a Volunteer Coordinator?

Volunteer Coordinator in Atlanta:
"Love the people, don't love the pay."
Pros: Getting to work very closely with the volunteers every day, even sometimes just over email or the phone, is very satisfying. The department is made up of people who are great to work with, which makes for a generally pleasant work environment.
Cons: Despite being the coordinator for a group of about three hundred people (without whom the organization would cease to function on a day-to-day basis), this position is not treated as management level in any respect. In fact, it remains one of the lowest ranking full-time positions in the organization. Compensation is obscenely below market, and the meager number of vacation days (10, which are also supposed to make up for all of the holidays that employees of other businesses receive) does little to alleviate the frustration that brings.

Volunteer Coordinator in Boise:
Pros: I enjoy fitting the puzzle pieces of personalities together, each volunteer comes with special gifts and qualities, each patient request has unique needs that must be met. My goal is to find the right match each time to have the most successful interaction between both patient and volunteer to achieve an ideal flow to meet the needs of both parties.
Cons: Fine tuning the education aspect, trying to prepare volunteers to react to a variety of situations that may come up during their volunteer time. Managing last minute cancellations and weeding out unreliable volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator in Washington:
"Opportunity For Growth."
Pros: I like working with people and interns. I like that I am constantly challenged and am given to opportunity to grow in my skills. I like that I get to train new volunteers in something I am extremely passionate about and that I know my work goes towards a good cause. My team is very supportive of self-care and taking the comp time is encouraged.
Cons: It can be very stressful at times and I feel like my work/my teams work is not valued at the organization. I sometimes feel overwhelmed with all my tasks. I wish that I had more opportunities for feedback to learn more about my performance.

Volunteer Coordinator in Miami:
"It's Motivational Like No Other!"
Pros: The freedom to do my job without much supervision. Using my creative writing talents, motivational skills, organizational challenges and the people.
Cons: I seem to work seven days a week and the pay!

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Experience Affects Volunteer Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Volunteer Coordinator Salaries

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 18%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 9%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Recruiting
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$34,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 6%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 200 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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