TSNE MissionWorks is a nonprofit in downtown Boston focused on support services and capacity building for the nonprofit sector. In addition to fiscal sponsorship, consulting and executive search functions, and a grant-making arm, they produce studies and reports relevant to organizations in the sector. TSNE just release their 2017 compensation report, which provides compensation and benefits data received from 342 nonprofits in southern New England, Westchester County, New York, and adjoining communities. You can find the report itself here, as well as a searchable compensation database here. You can review salary ranges for 171 positions, representing 35,000 employees, and search by position, budget of the organization, field of services, number of employees in the organization, and location.

This is the third compensation study TSNE MissionWorks has published (2010, 2014, 2017). All 3 reports are provided free of charge and allow nonprofits to compare their compensation with similar organizations in their region. You can use this data to make sure you’re paying market-level wages, make more informed hiring decisions, and give context to employees when you’re explaining the compensation rates you use. It’s also a data point for determining appropriate compensation for executive directors and other leaders, as required by IRS Section 990.

A few interesting points TSNE found are:

  • Pay for senior level positions is most influenced by the size of the organization; larger organizations pay higher salaries. Organizational size has a smaller impact on less senior, supervisory, professional and support jobs.
  • 75% of the organizations responding provide full-time employees with a specified number of paid days off each year for vacation, holidays, sick leave, and personal days. 78% of organizations with part-time staff provide paid time off for their part-time staff.
  • 89% of responding organizations provide some type of medical insurance to full-time employees. More than 50% of these organizations pay 80% more of the individual employee premium. Of the organizations with part-time staff, 48% report that only full-time employees are eligible for health insurance benefits.
  • 75% of responding organizations provide some type of retirement benefit to full-time employees. 92% of them contribute to the retirement accounts, and 89% of those organizations contribute a percentage of each employee’s annual salary, usually the same percentage for all employees.

TSNE MissionWorks’ earlier compensation reports are also available, including their 2014 compensation report and searchable database, and the 2010 compensation report.