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NFP Salary Survey Reveals Charity Remuneration Insights

12 March 2013 at 9:06 am
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A ground-breaking salary survey into the expanding Australian Not for Profit sector reveals the highlights and lowlights of annual remuneration, bonuses and professional development.

Staff Reporter | 12 March 2013 at 9:06 am


NFP Salary Survey Reveals Charity Remuneration Insights
12 March 2013 at 9:06 am

A ground-breaking salary survey into the expanding Australian Not for Profit sector reveals the highlights and lowlights of annual remuneration, bonuses and professional development.

The survey, carried out by online publishing and resourcing social business, Pro Bono Australia and its partners Beveridge Consulting and Dakin Mayer, found that few Not for Profit executives and managers are rewarded with salary bonuses and other work incentives or offered professional development.

An analysis of a detailed online salary survey shows there are widely varying salaries within Not for Profit organisations across sectors, and by operating budgets and the number of employees.

A summary of other data collected includes:

• 69% of respondents were female and 31% male
• Average practical experience in the field of work was nearly 15 years
• A significant number of the respondents to the survey had Bachelor Degree/Bachelor Degree (Honours) level of education (41%), followed by Masters Degree (25%)
• 74% of respondents work five days or more, followed by 14 % working four days.

“This is indeed a groundbreaking survey into the remuneration offered to those executives and managers who lead this very important sector,” Pro Bono Australia Founder and CEO, Karen Mahlab said.

“With over 600,000 organisations operating nationally, more than 1 in 15 Australians work for either a Not for Profit or a charity.

“With the sector continuously expanding, the results of this detailed survey will be crucial in understanding and benchmarking future opportunities.

“Board members and Executives of all sized Australian Not for Profits will now have access to an extensive and broad-based salary survey to help guide them in their decision making around remuneration,” Mahlab said.

Invitations were sent out in September 2012 by Pro Bono Australia to over 20,000
recipients from small, medium and large organisations to be involved in the Salary Survey. Recipients submitted detailed salary information through a secure online system for roles that were relevant to their organisation.

The survey analysis found that salaries tend to correlate with the number of employees and operating budget, as these are often associated with the complexity and scale of the work being conducted for which the CEO is ultimately responsible.

The survey covers seven roles common to most Not for Profit organisations, namely: Chief Executive Officer (CEO reporting to Board), General Manager (Reporting to CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO/ Administration Director/Program Manager/Business Manager), Chief Finance Officer (CFO/Finance Manager/Financial Controller), Fundraising Manager (Marketing Manager/Development Manager), Human Resources Manager (Office Manager/Senior Industrial Officer) and Clinical Services Manager.

In the case of Chief Executive Officers the survey found that allowances are offered in a
relatively small proportion of cases. Phone Allowances (averaging $1,238) are available to just over a third of CEOs. This is followed by other FBT items (31% of cases) and Car Allowances
(18% of cases).

Less popular allowances included Professional Registrations/Insurance which was available in only 4% of cases. Bonuses and Incentives are available to only 12% of CEOs and average $8,768 (around 7% of the average Total Remuneration). Even the upper quartile for Bonuses and Incentives ($11,000) is relatively modest as a proportion of Total Remuneration at this same level.

The role of CEO in an Australian Not for Profit can expect to receive on average between $125,000 up to $149,330 (including incentives).

The highest average Total Remuneration Excluding Incentives are in the Health Care/Medical Research sector ($155,951) followed by Foundations/ Philanthropic Organisations ($150,792).

This is contrasted at the lower end by Animal and Wildlife Welfare ($77,688), Other Community Services ($81,134) and Arts and Culture ($86,561).

The 37 page detailed 2013 Salary Survey is being delivered free of charge to the online survey participants and is available for purchase at

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  • Daniel Grant says:


    We did not a participant in the survey, however very interested in purchasing the slary data. Could you kindly advise the price and instructions on where we can purchase it from.

    Much aprreciated

  • Jackie Hanafie says:

    Hi Daniel you will be able to purchase the salary survey from midday today (March 13) via our homepage. – PBA team

  • Ian Booth says:

    I would be interested in what sectors of the NFPS sector were represented in the survey population. I know that 200,000 may have been invited to respond, however the summary of results differs markedly from other surveys for associations. I think there may be a bias towards charities and the human services suspect irks in your survey.

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