Nonprofit Center Releases Results of Region's First Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey

- Inaugural survey illustrates trends, practices of region’s second largest civilian employer -

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 30, 2016 – The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, a 501(c)(3) organization that connects, strengthens, and advocates for nonprofits, released the results of its first Northeast Florida Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey. The results reveal trends and practices on average/median wage data for executives and non-executives, statistics in workforce diversity and equality, and employee benefits. Under the leadership of the Nonprofit Center, the nonprofit sector will use the results to identify best practices and develop programming to strengthen local nonprofit performance within the five-county area of Northeast Florida. Survey results were presented at the organization’s annual All-Member Gathering on Wednesday, March 30.

“A primary and critical goal of nonprofit organizations is to attract, recruit and retain well-qualified professional and support staff. Competitive compensation, benefits packages and equitable policies support this goal,” said Rena Coughlin, CEO of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. “Without local, accurate and comprehensive data there wasn’t a way to measure or support issues relating to compensation and benefits, and identify best practices. The results from this survey will serve as the benchmark and aid the work of the nonprofit sector to help strengthen our local organizations.”

With 58,000 employees and a collective payroll of $2.7 billion, the nonprofit sector has a significant economic impact by generating $6.8 billion dollars to the economy in the five-county area. Representing more than 1,000 organizations, each nonprofit is focused on creating a lasting impact within the community across services in a variety of fields, including arts and culture, environment and animal protection, education, health, human services, public safety and religion.

“Our goal is to use this data to expand our conversations with nonprofit board members, funders and investors, so we can better understand the complicated nature of this sector and continue developing best practices,” said Leah Donelan, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida vice president. “The Nonprofit Center will use this information to create and offer relevant programming to affect change within the nonprofit sector.”

Key highlights from the survey results include:

Compensation & Benefits
• The median wage of the nonprofit workforce is competitive with the median wage with those working in the private sector:
• $35,000 median nonprofit sector wage.
• $34,050 median wage of Jacksonville MSA residents according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
• 86 percent of nonprofits offer some type of medical insurance to full-time employees and 30 percent offer medical insurance to part-time employees who work a certain number of hours per week.
• 69 percent offer retirement packages for full-time employees.

Diversity & Equality
• The nonprofit sector is female-dominated:
• 78 percent of full-time employees are women and 74 percent of part-time employees are women.
• 69 percent of nonprofit CEOs are female.
• Male CEOs earn significantly higher than female CEOs, and hold executive positions at larger organizations.
• The gender wage gap grows as the size of the organization grows.
• 80 percent of chief development officers and 64 percent of chief financial officers are female.
• The gender wage gap for CEOs is less in the nonprofit sector at about 13 percent and nearly 20 percent in the private sector.
• The sector leadership lacks racial/ethnic diversity at the executive level with 90 percent of CEO positions held by Caucasians and seven percent held by African-Americans. This disparity was similar for the chief operational officer, chief financial officer and chief development officer.

Best Practices & Professional Development
• 60 percent of CEOs do not have a succession plan and 14 percent of those expect a transition in the next three years. 12 percent expect a transition but do not have a succession plan.
• Approximately 70 percent of organizations provide employees with professional development opportunities, such as supporting conference attendance or courses, and paid time off for job-related education.
• 97 percent conduct bi-annual or annual employee reviews.

The survey, facilitated by Nonprofit Compensation Associates, was conducted electronically between December 2015 and February 2016. More than 11,000 employees at more than 100 organizations representing 14 fields of service participated in the survey. Full survey results are available for purchase. For more information or to purchase the results contact Leah Donelan, ldonelan@NonprofitCtr.org or 904-425-8758.

The Compensation and Benefits Survey was made possible through the support of local sponsors The LBA Group, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, First Tennessee Bank and Dalton Agency.