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.

$35,285 - $81,130
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$53K
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MEDIAN: $52,952
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$12.98 - $27.69
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$0$81K
Salary $35,285 - $81,130
Bonus $492.44 - $7,708
Profit Sharing $3,150
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$33,434 - $80,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,366
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $12.98 - $27.69
Overtime $14.19 - $46.60
Annual Data $0$80K
Bonus $492.44 - $7,708
Profit Sharing $3,150
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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$33,434 - $80,358
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242

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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.

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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


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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.

Program Director, Non-Profit Job Listings

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

National Average: $51,429

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

Program Director, Non-Profit Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Program Director, Non-Profit?

Program Director, Non-Profit in Nashville:
"Middle Management."
Pros: Flexibility, can come and go as I please.
Cons: Budget cuts, sometimes incompetent senior management.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Jackson:
"Nordic Director Review."
Pros: Working with kids and building upon my interpersonal skills.
Cons: Dealing with difficult parents and the political aspect of the job and the stress that comes along with that.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Poughkeepsie:
"NA."
Pros: Helping the youth, making a difference in the world, and working for my alma mater.
Cons: Compensation, stress level, off campus location, and minimal office support.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Phoenix:
Pros: Problem solving.
Cons: Logic of leaderships.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Des Moines:
"Rewarding life."
Pros: Helping men obtain freedom from drug and alcohol addictions.
Cons: No future and Job security or insecurity.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Long Island City:
"The management."
Pros: Being able to provide uplifting programs for the children.
Cons: Not sure yet.

Program Director, Non-Profit in Amarillo:
"I love working with the different types of people."
Pros: I love working with volunteers who have a passion for helping others. I enjoy the management of the different volunteers from scheduling their time to the monthly reports showing hours volunteered, occupancy rates and types of payment versus non-payment. I also do all staff scheduling and the record keeping and billing for families with Medicaid to pay for their lodging. I assist with all fundraising activities and track the income and expenses with varied excel spreadsheets. I develop new programs to help the families that we serve from delivering toys to children in the hospital to developing a clothes closet for families in need.
Cons: My least favorite aspect of the job is that our facility is open 365 days of the year, 24 hours a day and all shifts must be covered with a small staff.

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Key Stats for Program Director, Non-Profit

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 481 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries

▲23%

▲13%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Program Director, Non-Profit Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 481 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 21%
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