2018 GuideStar
Nonprofit Compensation Report

The Most Trusted and Robust Nonprofit Compensation Analysis Available

The GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report remains the only large-scale nonprofit compensation analysis based entirely on IRS data.

  • 160,000 observations from 113,000 990 and 990 EZ filings
  • Nonprofits from the entire 501(c) universe
  • Salary data on 14 job categories, including CEO, CFO, and more
  • An executive summary showing compensation trends at a glance
  • Compensation broken down by a state/metro area level
  • Compensation analysis of gender, cause area, and other subsections
  • In-depth incumbent compensation analysis


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The 2018 Edition Features:

159,114 observations from 112,609 FY 2016 Forms 990 and 990-EZ

Nonprofits from the entire 501(c) universe—most with incomes of $50,000 or greater

14 job categories

Executive summary showing trends at a glance

Analysis by: national, state, metropolitan statistical area, gender, NTEE for 501(c)(3)s and separate breakout for other subsections

Incumbent compensation analyses

The Most Trusted Nonprofit Compensation Analysis for Nearly 20 Years.

Nonprofit compensation is typically scattered around 990s and different self-reported websites. Now, with the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, you can find all of the information you need in one convenient place.

Get The Details You Need

HR professionals, nonprofits, grantmakers, researchers, and more find value in the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation report because it’s the most detailed one of its kind.

Find Nonprofit/Charity Employee Salaries

In this comprehensive report, you’ll find salary analysis on nonprofit/charity CEOs, CFOs, executive directors, and several other top leadership positions.

Nonprofit Salary Trends You can Trust

Our data science methodology clarifies the murky waters of salary and other compensation metrics from CEO and Executive Director salary trends per region. Take a look below at some of the many titles, locations, and categories that are in the report.

How This Nonprofit Salary Guide Can Help You:

Nonprofits: Establish appropriate compensation and demonstrate to grantmakers, oversight agencies, and donors that the salaries and benefits you offer are justified

Human Resources: Benchmark compensation, understand how much nonprofit employees should be paid, and retain top talent

Professional Services: Help nonprofit clients establish appropriate compensation

Grantmakers: Benchmark compensation offered by applicants and grantees

Researchers: Define trends in nonprofit compensation

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For more information on the trends from this year's report, see our news release.

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