Mass. Women Nonprofit Leaders Still Paid Less than Men
October 21, 2019 A newly completed study reconfirms a long-standing reality that compensation for women leaders at Massachusetts nonprofits lags behind their male counterparts – and the larger the organization, the greater the disparity in compensation.
According to the 2019 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report
, produced by Candid, an organization formed by GuideStar and the Foundation Center, average compensation for women CEO/executive directors in Massachusetts in 2017:
- Was $58,022, or 90.0% of the $64,488 earned by men at organizations with an annual budget less than $500,000.
- Was $93,326, or 82.2% of the $113,598 earned by men at organizations with an annual budget of $500,000 to $1 million.
- Was $127,890, or 75.1% of the $170,193 earned by men at organizations with an annual budget of $1 million to $5 million.
- Was $265,233, or 69.3% of the $382,581 earned by men at organizations with an annual budget greater than $5 million.
Following is average compensation among all CEO/executive directors in Massachusetts in 2017, according to the report:
|Annual Organizational Budget ||Average CEO/ED Compensation |
|$250,000 or less ||$47,009|
|$250,000 - $500,000 ||$74,787|
|$500,000 - $1 Million ||$101,686 |
|$1 Million - $2.5 Million ||$130,119 |
|$2.5 Million - $5 Million ||$179,664 |
|$5 Million - $10 Million ||$220,540 |
|$10 Million - $25 Million ||$279,103 |
|$25 Million - $50 Million ||$350,734 |
| More than $50 Million ||$689,110 |
Women comprise the majority of nonprofit CEOs nationally, accounting for 59% of the top positions at the smallest organizations and steadily decreasing to 23% among the largest organizations. A similar historical pattern has been the case in Massachusetts.
Although median compensation increases for incumbent CEOs nationally were lower in 2017 than in the previous two years, compensation for men grew at slightly stronger rates than for women in all but the largest organizations: From 2016 to 2017, at the national level:
- Women CEOs saw compensation increase 0.3%, compared to 1.3% for men, at organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or less.
- At organizations with budgets between $250,000 and $500,000, compensation for women CEOs increased 0.7% vs. 1.0% for men.
- Compensation for women and men at organizations with budgets between $500,000 and $1 million increased equally, by 0.9%.
- Compensation for men at organizations with budgets between $1 million and $2.5 million grew 1.6%, vs. 1.2% for women.
Science and health organizations had the highest overall median salaries. Religion and animal-related organizations brought up the rear.
The analysis was based on IRS data on 113,000 tax-exempt organizations, and is believed to be the most comprehensive nonprofit compensation study available.