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Average Executive Director Salary

$79,146
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$9,755
Bonus
$9,777
Commission
$9,602
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Executive Director is $79,146.
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$45k
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$79k
90%
$168k
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$45k - $168k
Bonus
$965 - $59k
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$3k - $48k
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$2k - $61k
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$43k - $182k
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What Do Executive Directors Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Executive Director

4.4 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Executive Director are from the companies J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), Morgan Stanley and Habitat For Humanity. Reported salaries are highest at Morgan Stanley where the average pay is $203,043. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) and Brookdale, earning around $178,330 and $87,776, respectively. Habitat For Humanity pays the lowest at around $52,711. Enlivant and YMCA also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $67,778 and $70,849, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Executive Directors?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Executive Directors?

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 $54,099 based on 222 salaries. An early career Executive Director with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,979 based on 3,256 salaries. A mid-career Executive Director with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,743 based on 3,709 salaries. An experienced Executive Director with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,944 based on 6,755 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $100,252.
Employees with Executive Director in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 106.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (54.5% more) and San Francisco, California (39.3% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 19,996 survey responses.
Entry Level
1.1%
Early Career
16.3%
Mid Career
18.5%
Experienced
33.8%
Late Career
30.3%