Last week Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits: The 2015 Compensation & Benefits Survey was released by Nonprofit Compensation Associates. With 547 nonprofits reporting on over 27,000 jobs, the 2015 survey is the largest and most robust in its 37-year history.
About the Survey
This annual survey was initiated in 1978 by Barbara Schilling at The Management Center (TMC) in San Francisco and published by TMC annually until they went out of business in 2004. From 2004 to 2009, it was compiled by Rita Haronian, under contract with the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California. 2010 was the first year it was produced by Nonprofit Compensation Associates.
This Year's Report
Like nonprofits everywhere, Northern California nonprofit agencies need the information contained in a large and robust compensation and benefits survey. Unfortunately, national surveys are of little use, because they do not take local differences into account.
67% of the 2015 Northern California survey's participants see hiring challenges in the year ahead, as economic conditions continue to improve. They foresee increased competition from their colleagues and businesses to attract and retain the "best and brightest" employees. More than they have in recent years, they'll need the wealth of information produced by the 2015 survey to compete effectively on this new playing field, including invaluable information about compensation, base pay, employee benefits, salary increases, personnel policies, as well as data that larger nonprofits can use to justify to the IRS the compensation they pay their executive employees.
Northern California nonprofits will also need help in combating the related challenge of high employee turnover. In 2015, the Northern California survey reports a 18% turnover rate for full-time employees and 19% for part-time employees. The wasted expenses for job recruitment and training caused by employee turnover reduce the amount of dollars a nonprofit can spend on much-needed direct services. High-quality data about compensation and benefits allow Northern California nonprofits to make decisions that can limit these expenses.
Get the Survey
Visit Nonprofit Compensation Associate's website to learn how to purchase a copy of this year's survey.