What is the typical amount of compensation at a mid-level nonprofit job?
Great question - it's always good to think about salary as part of your career plans! The salary for a mid-level position in the nonprofit space varies based on your geographic area and the type of position (fundraising, programs, accounting, etc.). I recommend you check out this salary survey by a Boston-based nonprofit: http://tsne.org/salary-data. You can search by position or view their full report as a PDF. The salaries listed here are on the higher end due to the cost of living in MA, but it's a good point of reference. Also, this could give you an idea of some different types of jobs that might be of interest to you.
Finally, be sure to take a salary negotiation class if you get a chance, like the ones offered through the AAUW: https://salary.aauw.org/. This will help you figure out how to negotiate based on the range for a position!
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As other people have mentioned it totally depends on where you work in terms of geographically and also the nonprofit that you work for. If it is a national organization with many branches they’ll usually have more financial strength than a local small nonprofit. I would say on average in New York (excluding downstate) it would be around 40-50k. However, one added benefit of the nonprofit Industry is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
My coworkers and I have all sorts of degrees, none of which are directly related to nonprofits. One went for journalism, another communications, but both did an internship with us and were hired for fundraising. I think with nonprofits it’s not so much about your education but who you are as an individual and your work ethic.
Hi Jessica. Erin and Namita make great points. Often the salary is based on whether you are a direct service provider or in organizational management. The best path for me to follow turned out to be in organization management and I eventually worked my way to an national executive level position in a very large, nation-wide non-profit. I was responsible for operations in 13 states, including compliance and organizational support. At that point, I made about $100k/year. I felt it was comparable to any similar position in the for profit sector. But the path to that point included a lot of work and learning at the local service delivery level. I am seeing a trend (fortunately) that recognizes the value of professionals in the non profit sector - we should not be expected to be “indentured servants” yet we should be expected to be good stewards. I hope you will find your path in serving others. It is a rewarding profession.