Those pursuing careers as Volunteer Coordinators in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $36K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. The vast majority of Volunteer Coordinators (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Volunteer Coordinators. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,786 - $47,873
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$29K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,369
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$10.89 - $21.15
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$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,786 - $47,873  
   
Bonus
$192.71 - $2,083  
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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$25,376 - $46,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $21.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.21 - $33.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$192.71 - $2,083  
   
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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$25,376 - $46,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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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.

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Volunteer Coordinators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Executive Director. The average Executive Director brings home $75K per year. It is quite typical for Volunteer Coordinators to transition into roles as Directors of Volunteer Services or Non-Profit Program Managers, where reported median earnings are $12K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Volunteer Coordinator


Although the highest salaries can be found at The Salvation Army where median pay is $34K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $24K and $40K.

Pay for Volunteer Coordinators is the lowest at Habitat For Humanity, which has a median salary of $32K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $41K.

Popular Skills for Volunteer Coordinator


Volunteer Coordinators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Community Outreach / Activism, Oral / Verbal Communication, Project Coordinating, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training Program Development, Event Planning, and Scheduling. Most people familiar with 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.


Volunteer Coordinators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Volunteer Coordinators bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Volunteer Coordinators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,822

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Volunteer Coordinators, 24 percent higher than the national average. Volunteer Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+18 percent), Portland (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Phoenix (+14 percent). Albuquerque is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (9 percent lower) and Columbus (8 percent lower).

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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Volunteer Coordinator Salaries



Project Coordinating
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Event Management
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Customer Service
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Training
0%

National Average
$35,000

People Management
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Recruiting
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Project Management
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Organizing
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Budget Management
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Program Management
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Scheduling
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Event Planning
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Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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