Nonprofit Salaries Revealed in New On-line Tool

GuideStar Salary SearchTM uses interactive technology to find salary and benefits for 234,000 organizations
Release date: November 20, 2003

What does the executive director of a $5 million nonprofit in Chicago make? How about the marketing manager of a human services organization in Los Angeles? Wonder no more. GuideStar Salary SearchTM offers wide-ranging, frequently updated data on employee compensation for more than 234,000 nonprofit organizations. This interactive, on-line nonprofit compensation research tool gives users greater flexibility in researching nonprofit compensation.

Salary Search gathers data from the Forms 990 public charities file annually with the IRS. On the 990, nonprofit organizations must provide compensation figures for board members, key officers, and the top five additional employees whose total compensation exceeds $50,000. Salary Search's benchmark job report presents this information in 14 job categories.

Additionally, Salary Search allows you to set your own parameters to create job matching reports. Rather than using pre-determined job titles, you can define the position title(s) to use as the benchmark for compensation data. The final report returns more precise and complete data on that particular job type.

Salary Search's job matching and benchmark reports give subscribers unprecedented access to and flexibility for using compensation data. With a click of a mouse, Salary Search results can be exported to an easy-to-read Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The Salary Search database is updated monthly, giving users up-to-date nonprofit compensation information.

For users who don't need such a robust tool for benchmarking, research, or setting compensation, GuideStar still offers its annualGuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report. This completely searchable report looks at compensation practices in predetermined categories for 68,500 nonprofit organizations. The 2003 edition of the  GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report can now be ordered on-line at Available as a PDF or on CD-ROM, it looks at 14 job categories, 409 program areas, 9 budget categories, and 242 geographical areas. National, regional, California, New York State, and Washington, D.C., versions are available.

Both Salary Search and the 2003 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report are the only nonprofit compensation research tools based entirely on Form 990 data; other nonprofit compensation products rely on surveys completed voluntarily by the organizations.

About GuideStar

GuideStar,, offers information about the programs and finances of 1.7 million IRS-recognized charitable organizations. GuideStar powers many on-line giving systems and distributes both free and subscription-based nonprofit data to grantmakers, nonprofits, donors, government charity regulators, and professionals serving the sector. To find out more about GuideStar services, go to

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