Average Executive Director with Leadership Skills Salary in Canada

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The average salary for an Executive Director with Leadership skills in Canada is C$74,868.
MEDIAN C$74,868
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C$49k - C$122k
C$194 - C$26k
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C$48k - C$123k

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Job Description for Executive Director

Executive Director Tasks
  • Direct and track operational budget decisions to increase strategic reach and report findings to the Board of Directors.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with the press, partners, the community and clients.
  • Supervise department heads and conduct performance reviews.
  • Develop, maintain, expand and promote departments, services and offerings.
  • Analyze operations to enhance efficiency and meet strategic goals.
The top respondents for the job title Executive Director are from the companies Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girls Incorporated. Reported salaries are highest at Habitat For Humanity where the average pay is C$80,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Revera Living Inc, earning around C$78,383 and C$74,268, respectively. Big Brothers Big Sisters pays the lowest at around C$54,500. Girls Incorporated and United Way also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying C$60,565 and C$62,119, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Executive Director

Skills in Strategic Planning and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fundraising, Operations Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Executive Director

An entry-level Executive Director with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of C$63,381 based on 16 salaries. An early career Executive Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$63,156 based on 242 salaries. A mid-career Executive Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$68,220 based on 313 salaries. An experienced Executive Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of C$79,546 based on 426 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of C$87,020.
Employees with Executive Director in their job title in Calgary, Alberta earn an average of 20.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Ottawa, Ontario (16.8% more) and Toronto, Ontario (16.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (6.6% less) and Winnipeg, Manitoba (4.2% less).

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