Attract and Retain the "Best and the Brightest" Employees in 2016:

Order Your Copy of
Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits:
The 2016 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report

Publication Date: April 15, 2016

582 nonprofit organizations participated in the 2016 survey, making it the largest and most robust in the survey's 38-year history. 2016 is also the fourth year in a row that the number of organizations participating in the survey increased!

73% of the 2016 survey's participants see hiring challenges in the year ahead, as economic conditions continue to improve and they foresee increased competition from their colleagues and businesses to attract and retain the "best and brightest" employees.

More than you have in recent years, your organization will need the wealth of information produced by the 2016 survey to compete effectively on this ever-changing playing field.

If you order the 2016 survey participant, you’ll be in good company. Consider this:

451, or 82%, of the 547 organizations who participated in the 2015 survey purchased the survey report.

332 organizations participated in both the 2015 and 2016 surveys.

Here's how your agency will benefit from the best survey of its kind:

Map of Northern California counties covered in survey, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Current, local compensation data on more than 200 jobs found in nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Base pay levels and bonus/incentive pay for each job with details by annual operating budget, location within Northern California, number of employees and primary field of service
  • Employee benefits in detail: paid time off, insurance, retirement
  • Salary increases over the past year and expected during the next year
  • Policies with respect to on-call work, overtime, shift differentials, pay for bilingual skills, introductory periods, performance reviews and more.

The survey will also help your agency find out how the local nonprofit community is coping with current economic conditions. Here are some questions the survey can help nonprofit managers answer:

  • How do the salaries paid at our organization compare with those paid at similar local organizations?
  • Are organizations still freezing salary levels?
  • Are more organizations planning to increase salaries during the next year?
  • How common are bonuses or incentive pay for jobs like ours?
  • Are organizations shifting benefits costs to employees?
  • How do pay levels for male and female Executive Directors compare?

To see how the survey will be of special help to larger nonprofits, including the addition of several executive-level jobs unique to larger organizations, click here...

2016 Survey Calendar

Survey opened for enrollment and data entry
Last day to submit survey data
Survey report published

What Nonprofit Managers Say About the Survey...

"We highly recommend the Fair Pay compensation and benefits survey. The participation process is well-organized, the report is easy to use, and it includes extremely practical and relevant data for nonprofit decision makers. A must have!"

David R. Smith, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Koinonia Family Services, Loomis

"The Compensation & Benefits Survey plays a major role in insuring that we are offering competitive salaries and understanding our benefit offerings compared to others. Its specificity for nonprofits in Northern California and the ability to compare based on budget, number of employees, and location makes it a tool in which we have great confidence."

Bruce A. Bearden
Canon for Administration
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

"We have participated in the survey for the past eight years and this document is my bible. We use it in our organization constantly to benchmark our salaries and benefits against others in Northern California. It is such a complete document, we find every question we have is answered there. The Board also refers to it annually to determine reasonable compensation for the CEO and Director of Finance positions.

"I am your biggest fan!"

Jill Sheffield
President and CEO
The Carmel Foundation

“The Fair Pay Compensation and Benefits Survey is such a great tool for Northern California nonprofits. It is very helpful for small nonprofits like ours. It gives us good comparable data when evaluating our employee pay and benefit packages.”

Mary Bennington
Executive Director
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Stateline, NV