2023 Nonprofit Salaries Guide: How Much Do Nonprofits Pay Employees?

Bryna Dilman • Nov 25, 2022
Three nonprofit co-workers speaking to each other about their nonprofit salaries

How much do nonprofit fundraisers make? How do you know the appropriate nonprofit salaries to offer? 

This comprehensive guide focuses exclusively on charities and nonprofits in Canada and the United States and collects compensation and profile data for various levels. As we move away from the pandemic, we want to dive into what has changed to see what criteria is critical for nonprofits to move forward. 

After extensive research, we at Keela are excited to present the sector with the latest findings. By tracking salaries, organizations and fundraisers can use this tool to compare themselves with industry trends and create more pay transparency within the sector.

Understanding the nonprofit employee base and how much they get paid is important as it holds organizations accountable for fair pay practices and allows employees to advocate compensation based on worth. 

Get the 2023 Comprehensive Guide to Nonprofit Salaries

This guide is complete with market rates, job description templates, and growth tools for American and Canadian Nonprofits.

Why the Nonprofit Sector Matters

Providing current salary and benefits data to the nonprofit sector is vital to workforce planning. The pandemic changed employer and employee behaviors and therefore data is more critical than ever. A comprehensive list of compensation information allows you to translate the data into important takeaways and ensure that your organization is remaining competitive. 

The Nonprofit Sector is the 3rd Largest Employer in North America

The nonprofit sector is the third-largest employer in America, employing one

out of every 10 working Americans, or roughly 12.5 million people. More than 170,0000 charitable and nonprofit organizations in Canada employ 2.4 million people or 12% of the working population. Understanding the size of the industry while looking at nonprofit salaries and growth is a great way to see how well the sector is doing. 

While salaries in the nonprofit sector have been growing slowly but steadily, a recession will challenge nonprofits. There is still work to be done to rebound from the pandemic. 

Current Nonprofit Salaries and Benefits 

Since we started tracking American and Canadian nonprofit salaries in 2018, the average compensation has slowly increased for all nonprofit job positions—except for CEOs.

From Grant Writers making an average salary of $50k, to fundraisers making anywhere between $37k to $84k, it’s interesting to see the role that organization type and job position play within these calculations. Understanding that other variables also influence salary ranges, including geographic location, organization size, and type of nonprofit , it’s important to consider the many factors involved in building salary ranges.  

Why It’s Important to Understand How Your Nonprofit Salaries Compare to Others: 

Stay Competitive

With an incoming recession, attracting and retaining top talent should be top of mind. Understanding nonprofit salaries trends allows you to stay competitive. Organizations are constantly determining the appropriate compensation structures, so check out now how your organization’s compensation rates compare to organizations of similar size.

Negotiate your Expectations

Knowledge is power! Knowing where others stand can help organizations when developing job titles and posting job descriptions. Remember when we talked about staying competitive? Chances are, your candidates are going to negotiate compensation and being armed with industry standards will not only help you offer a competitive salary from the jump, but will also help during negotiations. 

Set Your Organization Up for Success 

Nonprofit professionals deserve to be well-compensated, but in the same vein, to reach their goals and maximize community impact, organizations need to see a return on their investment in their staff.

A great way to do this is by empowering nonprofit teams to be more effective and efficient in their duties and responsibilities. Skills development sessions and training should be an essential part of your workplace culture. But most importantly, your staff need the tools that allow them to hone their skills, work creatively and be strategic. 

Get the 2023 Comprehensive Guide to Nonprofit Salaries

This guide is complete with market rates, job description templates, and growth tools for American and Canadian Nonprofits.

Nonprofits see an average 46% increase in revenue within their first year of using Keela; this kind of boost is exactly what your nonprofit might need to compensate employees better. Using Keela, your team members can work collaboratively on campaigns, track their progress, gather donor insights and automate tasks all in one software.

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