Non Profit CEO Income Percentiles

Salary: $

Your salary of $100,000 per year would rank above:

All Non Profit CEO / Executive Directors 49%
Non Profit CEOs20%
Non Profit Executive Directors 63%
All Listed Non Profit Leaders 42%

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Non Profit CEO / Executive Director Graphs

Median Salary for Non Profit CEOs and Executive Directors: $101,779
Range of 25th to 75th Percentiles: $62,983 to $175,924
Lowest Salary: $1
Highest Salary : $25,549,644

Salary by Industry

Non Profit CEO / Exec Director Compensation by Industry

IndustryMedian Income% Below $100k# Count
ALL$101,77949%76,217
Animal-Related$75,00065%1,104
Arts, Culture & Humanities$75,05865%6,256
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy$91,18755%851
Community Improvement & Capacity Building$101,96848%6,928
Crime & Legal-Related$93,21054%2,114
Education$104,37247%7,293
Employment$118,65038%1,674
Environment$86,01160%2,132
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition$81,37761%1,207
Health Care$191,01422%7,214
Housing & Shelter$112,71043%4,567
Human Services$96,21852%13,452
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security$101,82349%1,160
Medical Research$147,25534%412
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention$113,96242%3,108
Mutual & Membership Benefit$182,16728%417
Non-Healthcare$97,22751%67,050
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations$96,00052%2,591
Public & Societal Benefit$164,03128%2,297
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief$85,98956%288
Recreation & Sports$84,32959%2,368
Religion-Related$74,00167%1,844
Science & Technology$151,76733%522
Social Science$116,01340%172
Unknown$79,77560%80
Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines$97,02851%2,294
Youth Development$84,42861%1,919
*Non-Healthcare is a group that includes all industries except for Health Care.

Other Non Profit Title's Median Compensation

One note for these salaries, in 990's generally only highly compensated employees are recorded, so there will be some bias. In addition many hospitals, universities, and pension funds are non profits so the income values may be higher than you think. Also these values are filtered for only people who reported working 30+ hours and have a compensation greater than $0.
TitleMedian Income% Below $100k# Count
Administrator$107,43846%1,950
ALL$124,45942%518,366
Board Member$6,80077%30,570
Business Agent$177,78916%672
Business Manager$110,56543%610
CEO$189,20120%25,284
CEO or Exec Dir$101,77949%76,217
CFO$145,24724%13,023
Chair of the Board$29,00068%3,887
Chief Development Officer$151,7479%533
Chief Information Officer$201,9259%415
Chief Medical Officer$320,7462%513
CIO$183,2238%331
CMO (not sure Chief Marketing or Medical)$272,3154%457
COO$160,31117%5,506
Dentist$162,0080%452
Director$20,00074%38,639
Director of Development$139,93011%529
Director of Finance$104,82646%2,290
Director of Operations$119,21535%660
Employee$126,10028%1,726
Executive Director$81,73863%50,933
Executive Vice President$162,19123%384
General Counsel$244,1342%464
General Manager$168,50521%1,048
Head of School$190,38220%1,308
Manager$57,95969%656
Medical Director$243,4774%1,234
Member$6,25080%1,997
Officer$37,33878%568
Other$158,13426%232,351
Past CEO$75,19063%465
Past Officer$428,2260%1,007
Past President$31,84063%745
Pharmacist$150,9580%517
Physician$376,7060%8,385
President$85,50054%26,692
Principal$125,79025%997
Psychiatrist$230,3500%1,040
Secretary$27,90268%15,558
Secretary/Treasurer$61,27657%4,419
Superintendent$141,54523%250
Teacher$38,12758%438
Treasurer$25,52164%15,152
Vice Chair of the Board$16,30973%1,575
Vice President$62,81256%16,394
Vice President Human Resources$222,6191%473

Methodology

Using the 2018 and 2019 Non Profit 990s hosted on AWS, I imported all the salary values for each person listed on every 990 available using R and an XML parser. Only the latest 990 per EIN was imported. This page was specifically filtered for salaries of people with titles matching CEO or Executive Director; I attempted to parse out titles that looked like they were related to non-compensated board of directors. These results only include people who were listed as working at least 30 hours a week with compensation. These values were aggregated and summarized into the values above. Not every non-profit reports a 990, so the 990s collected are generally for larger organizations. In addition, the compensation values are a combination of income directly from the non profit, income from related entities, and other compensation.

I created this page because of all the attention given towards non-profit leaders who earn headline making amounts of money. While these people do exist, the majority of non-profit leaders earn much more humble amounts given their leadership positions. Only about 49% of non profit CEOs and Executive Directors earn at least 6 figure salaries.

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