Non-Profit and Fundraising Jobs Salary Surveys

Non-profits are perhaps one of the most overlooked sources of event jobs, but these organizations hold many educational programs, seminars, conferences, workshops, fundraisers, retreats and more. As of 2007, more than 1.64 million non-profit organizations existed in the U.S. alone, and that means a tremendous number of jobs exist for those wishing to pursue a […]

Non-profits are perhaps one of the most overlooked sources of event jobs, but these organizations hold many educational programs, seminars, conferences, workshops, fundraisers, retreats and more.

As of 2007, more than 1.64 million non-profit organizations existed in the U.S. alone, and that means a tremendous number of jobs exist for those wishing to pursue a career in meetings and events – opportunities from the administrative ranks through the executive director. Many great non-profit event jobs exist in Europe and other markets around the world.

Although the wages may seem to be lesser than similar roles in the for-profit and other sectors, the range of skills and experiences for the right fit tends to make up the difference. Those who organize meetings and events on behalf of a non-profit tend to wear many hats.

Check out these titles and general compensation information, according to PayScale (October 2010):

Executive Director, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $44,681 – $80,871
  • Bonus: $1,033 – $8,314
  • Profit Sharing: $1,944 – $6,104
  • Commission: $2,750 – $10,213
  • Total Pay: $44,372 – $81,559
  • PayScale Salary Report

Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $40,883 – $69,187
  • Bonus: $608 – $5,030
  • Profit Sharing: $983 – $3,025
  • Commission: $1,035 – $19,653
  • Total Pay: $40,879 – $69,732
  • PayScale Salary Report

Assistant Director, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $35,751 – $56,826
  • Bonus: $493 – $2,250
  • Profit Sharing: –
  • Commission: –
  • Total Pay: $33,961 – $55,476
  • PayScale Salary Report

Fundraising Director, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $39,128 – $68,725
  • Bonus: $1,212 – $9,944
  • Profit Sharing: –
  • Commission: –
  • Total Pay: $39,070 – $69,135
  • PayScale Salary Report

Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $36,330 – $53,991
  • Bonus: $499 – $2,550
  • Profit Sharing: $524 – $2,501
  • Commission: $983 – $4,958
  • Total Pay: $35,473 – $53,193
  • PayScale Salary Report

Development Manager, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $36,157 – $51,439
  • Bonus: $300 – $2,453
  • Profit Sharing: –
  • Commission: –
  • Total Pay: $36,286 – $51,805
  • PayScale Salary Report

Program Administrator, Non-Profit Organization (U.S.)

  • Salary: $35,170 – $55,137
  • Bonus: $500 – $194
  • Profit Sharing: –
  • Commission: –
  • Total Pay: $32,878 – $52,222
  • PayScale Salary Report
Rob is editor of Business Travel Destinations. He reviews international destinations for meetings and events -- where business travelers go, the hotels where they stay and their lifestyle preferences on the road. Rob was previously the event planning guide for About.com (owned by The New York Times Company) from 2007 - 2011. His articles also appear in business travel publications and travel sites internationally.