Program Director, Non-Profit Salary
For Non-Profit Program Directors, yearly average wages total $53K annually. While years of experience and the specific company impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most Non-Profit Program Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Non-Profit Program Directors survey respondents are women (77 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$35,285 - $81,130|
|Bonus||$492.44 - $7,708|
|Total Pay (||$33,434 - $80,358|
|Hourly Rate||$12.98 - $27.69|
|Overtime||$14.19 - $46.60|
|Bonus||$492.44 - $7,708|
|Total Pay (||$33,434 - $80,358|
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.Read More...
Non-profit program directors have two primary goals: getting and spending. Non-profit organizations are typically funded by donations, so ensuring income is an essential function of the program director and a certain degree of creativity is necessary to find new revenue streams and take maximum advantage of those that currently exist. Spending this money effectively is also a major challenge, as two different non-profit organizations may have very different priorities. This money is often spent on staffing, administrative overhead, sponsored causes, and advertising and outreach, and it all must be scrupulously recorded. These program directors must also provide vision for the organization to solidify its aims and communicate them to everyone within the organization, and they are generally responsible for staffing, soliciting volunteers if necessary, and developing workable budgets.
The leadership of the non-profit program director largely determines the health and success of the non-profit organization. Those in this position must be effective communicators who can get the most out of individuals and inspire them to do their best, even for little to no compensation. A strong sense of ethics is also important, as is a true dedication to the causes the non-profit strives to promote. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
For Non-Profit Program Directors, progressing to a Director of Operations role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Director of Operations can earn $89K annually. Non-Profit Program Directors most often move into positions as Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $8K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Director, Non-Profit
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous 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. The biggest paychecks can be found at Catholic Charities — the median salary there is $44K.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $34K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $21K and $47K.
Popular Skills for Program Director, Non-Profit
Non-Profit Program Directors report using a large range 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 4 percent and 15 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
Home to some of the best pay for Non-Profit Program Directors, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Non-Profit Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), and Seattle (+17 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Austin (7 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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