December 17, 2017
    Independent Sector: What a volunteer could be earning per hour

    The value of a volunteer hour is now $23.56 – more than a $1 increase from 2013 and up more than 2 percent from the previous year, according to the Independent Sector.

    The Sector released this information during National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. National Volunteer Week is a program Points of Light, a member of the Sector.

    In general, the state-level breakdown in 2015 shows the value of volunteer time increased. Nevada, for example, rose 5.9 percent to $20.98 and Virginia increased 4.8 percent to $26.09. A few states had modest decreases; for example, Mississippi fell 0.5 percent to $19.51. Here is how the biggest states for associations and nonprofits fare:

    D.C. - $38.77 per volunteer hour, down 2.7 percent from 2014

    Virginia - $26.09, up 4.8 percent

    Illinois - $25.34, up 2.4 percent

    New York - $27.59, up 2.7 percent

    Maryland - $26.64, up .9 percent.

    According to data from the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 62.8 million Americans, or 25.3 percent of the adult population, contributed 7.9 billion hours of service in 2014. Religious organizations were cited as the type of organization that volunteers worked in the most (33 percent), followed by educational or youth service (26 percent) and social or community service organizations (14.8 percent). The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data show nonprofits employ approximately 11.4 million workers — about 10.3 percent of the American private sector employment — and account for about 5.4 percent of GDP.

    To access state-by-state values of volunteer time and learn more about the national figure, click here.

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