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Nonprofit Salary Information

See how much nonprofit staff are paid across the country and how your organization stacks up

How much you pay your staff is determined by a complex array of internal and external factors. Nonprofits want to make sure their compensation standards are in-line with peer organizations, but also don’t want to lose talent to the higher paying for-profit sector.

There’s also the issue of pay equity and fairness. How can nonprofits fight for creating a just society when our own internal policies still reflect historical inequalities?

These factors, combined with local and federal laws, can make compensation design complicated. So where do you start? A good place to begin is by studying market research into comparable salaries. While some employees can be compensated differently, straying too far from market averages could lead to inequitable practices like paying women, people of color, and immigrants lower than they deserve.

Salary data

The following resources can help you make optimal salary decisions that keep employees happy and engaged in the nonprofit sector for a long time:

Some of these surveys are for all employees and others are specific to the nonprofit sector. Some of the nonprofit specific surveys cover benefits as well as salary levels.