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Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits:
The 2022 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report

Publication Date: April 15, 2022

The 2022 survey report is here!
More than 700 nonprofit organizations participated, making it the largest and most robust in the survey's 44-year history.

As our communities continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofit managers navigate uncertain economic conditions related to pay rates, employee retention, benefits and employment policies.


Map of Northern California counties covered in survey, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
We also conduct a Fair Pay Survey for Southern California Nonprofits and have recently published the 2022 report. If you are looking for the Southern California survey, please click here.


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

  • Current, local compensation data on more than 250 jobs found in nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California, including the metropolitan areas of the San Franciso Bay Area and Sacramento
  • 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
  • An updated "Economic Environment" section reporting the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues such as remote work and changes in workforce size
  • New questions about DEI practices, including DEI Director job

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

  • For what kinds of jobs are nonprofits having difficulty hiring and retaining employees?
  • Are nonprofit employees working remotely, in person, or a combination of both?
  • Are organizations planning to increase or decrease their workforces in 2022?

The survey serves all kinds of nonprofits in all 48 Northern California counties, from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast. And we make special efforts to serve both larger and smaller nonprofit organizations magic fake id, as weel as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties. To find out more, click here...

2022 Survey Calendar


Open for data entry

Last day to submit data
(extended deadline)

Report published

What Nonprofit Managers Say About the Survey...

"In creating three year strategic plans, the Fair Pay Nonprofit survey has served as an excellent planning tool. We know we are using the most reliable and relevant data in determining competitive wages and benefits for our valuable staff. I know this has helped us to attract and retain the best people!"

Michele Grupe
Executive Director
Cope Family Center, Napa

"Determining compensation is never an easy task. Access to an up-to-date, comprehensive guide as a reference has been instrumental for our organization. Having accurate data, defined by region, has allowed us to provide competitive offers to new hires and existing employees. We refer to the guide regularly and consider it a great value."

Charles Cormany
Executive Director
Efficiency First California, Sonoma

"We have relied on the Fair Pay Report every year to determine how our salary ranges track to other organizations of similar size. It helps inform us on budgeting for raises and salary adjustments. Our organization has grown significantly over the last couple of years. In 2021 we did a full HR audit to ensure we are keeping up with the Bay Area trends. The Fair Pay report was so helpful. It was great to review how we stack up to other organizations for salary,job titles and descriptions, benefit packages, holiday and vacation time. We are beyond grateful that this data is collected annually and presented in such a useful way. It also helped us think about how to organize and present our recommendations to the executive team making decisions. Thank you!"

Laurie Zerga
Finance and Operations Manager
Daily Acts, Petaluma

"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