We strongly believe that a very high percentage of jobs that most nonprofits fill should be comparable to others in their own economic region. All of their benefits should be comparable as well. Following that logic, national or regional (“the eastern seaboard”, the “southwest”, etc.) surveys are almost worthless.
With 434 participating organizations reporting on more than 21,000 individual jobs, the 2013 survey report is the largest and most robust in the survey's 35-year history. We think it is the best survey of its kind in the country.
How does the survey help my organization?
The compensation and benefits survey helps your organization
- Set fair salaries and benefits to attract and retain the best employees
- Evaluate industry standards for compensation for a range of positions
- Budget and plan for the cost of adding new staff members
- Analyze your own jobs and compensation
- Stand up to the scrutiny of an increasingly skeptical public
- Compare your salaries and benefits with others in your community, not with organizations totally out of your local economic market.
The survey will be even more useful to your nonprofit because of extensive changes that the Internal Revenue Service has made to the annual form 990 information tax return.
Since 2001 the IRS has encouraged charities to go through a set of steps to ensure that executive compensation is set appropriately. On the revised form 990, the IRS has standardized reporting to make comparing salaries easier and requires charities to provide information about the process they use to set the salaries of employees who receive $150,000 or more in total compensation.
The survey will help you navigate through this new process and will be a primary tool to help you document the rationale you use to set the salaries you pay your executives.
Conducting your agency’s own compensation and benefits survey to satisfy IRS requirements would cost you a small fortune, maybe as much as $5,000 - $10,000 to have a consultant to get you some usable comparables. A much better alternative would be for you to acquire the 2013 compensation and benefits survey for a fraction of this amount. It’s a no brainer!
What does the survey analyze?
177 positions are reported for the entire sample, with more details by:
- Organization's annual expenses
- Organization's location
- Organization's field of service
- Number of employees in the organization
- Number of employees managed by person in position.
Specific data regarding incentive pay is also reported for each position, including eligibility for incentive pay and actual incentive pay given.
Benefits and other policies are reported as well:
- Paid time off (vacation, sick time, holidays, other)
- Insurance benefits
- Retirement benefits
- Policies regarding compensation and employment practices
- Executive Director/CEO perquisites.
History of the Survey
The survey was produced by The Management Center in San Francisco from 1978 to 2004, when TMC went out of business. From 2004 to 2009, it was compiled by Rita Haronian, under contract with the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California (CNM). 2010 was the first year it was produced by Nonprofit Compensation Associates.