October 23, 2017
    Your raise isn't so big? Thank the economy

    In the Guidestar 2013 Nonprofit Compensation Report, DC leads the country in nonprofit executive pay, now for eight years running. This is similar to the findings of the TRENDS 2013 Compensation Report. The Guidestar report also found that economic uncertainty continued to affect compensation increases.

    The Guidestar report is based solely on data reported to the IRS for fiscal year 2011.

    The report found that economic uncertainty continued to affect compensation increases in 2011. In 2008, median increases in incumbent CEO compensation were generally 4 percent or higher. In 2011, increases were below this level for the third consecutive year; but increases were generally higher in 2011 than in 2010, the report found. And, “compensation increases have not yet reached levels seen before the ‘Great Recession,’” Guidestar research VP Chuck McLean said. McLean has written the report for 13 years.

    Among the report’s highlights:

    • Median compensation of females continued to lag behind that of males when considering comparable positions at similar organizations. The gap ranged from 9 percent for CEOs at organizations with budgets of $250 thousand or less, to 21 percent at organizations with budgets between $5 million and $10 million.

    • Since 2001, the percentage of female CEOs has increased for organizations of all sizes. The majority of organizations with budgets of $1 million or less have women as CEOs, although female representation in that role declines as budget size increases. Only 16 percent of organizations with budgets of more than $50 million had female CEOs in 2011.

    • As usual, health and science organizations had the highest overall median salaries. Arts, religion, and animal-related organizations brought up the rear.

    • For the eighth consecutive year, Washington, D.C., had the highest overall median salary of the top 20 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA). Portland, Oregon, had the lowest.

    In the Washington metropolitan area, the Guidestar Report found that the median salary for executives is $152,676, followed by New York (with New Jersey), $137,839; Boston, $111,209; San Francisco, $108,009; and Baltimore, $107,410.

    The TRENDS 2013 Compensation Report found that executives in the Southeast, which includes the DC region, earned an average $247,000. For those who received bonuses, the average bonus size is $44,000, which translates to 13.2 percent of salary. The next highest salary average is in the Northeast, which includes New York/New Jersey, $120,000, followed by the Midwest, which includes Chicago, $112,000. Details: www.guidestar.org. To order the TRENDS Compensation Report, click here.

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