Attract and Retain the Best Employees for Your Organization in 2023 and Beyond:

Participate in Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits:
The 2023 Compensation & Benefits Survey...

the Best Survey of Its Kind

Open for Participation and Updated for 2023:

New jobs added in Employment/Work Training,
Government Affairs/Research, Housing/Community Development,
Social Services/Behavioral Health & Volunteer/Membership/Marketing

Updated Economic Environment/COVID-19 Pandemic section

Map of Northern California counties covered in survey, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area

Nonprofit Compensation Associates Also Conducts a Southern California Survey for 2023

Again in 2023, we are pleased to continue serving the needs of nonprofit organizations throughout the ten counties of Southern California. If you are looking for the Southern California survey, please click here.

Low unemployment, increased inflation and softening demand in some sectors of the economy are creating uncertain conditions for nonprofit managers as they make decisions about employee compensation and benefits policies.

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, DEI-related practices 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

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 2023?

The survey provides a wealth of information to help nonprofits compete effectively on this ever-changing playing field. This past year, 728 nonprofit organizations reporting on more than 36,000 jobs participated in the 2022 survey, making it the largest and most robust in the survey's 43-year history. We expect another strong response to the survey in 2023.

If you don’t already have a copy of the 2022 survey report, you can take advantage of our annual 2-for-1 offer. You can purchase the 2022 report at 50% off, if you prepay at the same time for the 2023 survey at the discounted participant rate.

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, as weel as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties. To find out more, click here...

2023 Survey Calendar


Open for data entry

Last day to submit data

Report published

What Nonprofit Managers Say About the Survey...

"The California Fair Pay for Nonprofits survey is the gold standard for many nonprofit professionals looking to provide equitable compensation to our teams. For the last decade that I've been in HR, my colleagues and I have relied on the Fair Pay survey to ensure that what we are offering our staff is in line with the market and organizations of our size in the Bay Area. It is an invaluable tool in helping us communicate our compensation philosophy to our staff, as well as to our board, and has increased transparency in our compensation practices. With new upcoming pay transparency laws going into effect in 2023, this tool will be more essential than ever!"

Wendi Deetz
Director of Human Resources
Huckleberry Youth Programs, San Francisco

"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

"Thank you for all you do! The publication is extremely valuable to our BOD Executive Committee. The Fair Pay survey results provide the main data the Committee uses to determine annual raises and benefit offerings for our management and staff members."

Laura Bloch
Business and Accounting Manager
SFArtsEd, San Francisco