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Salary Survey : 2021 Not-For-Profit Remuneration Report

This is the Australian social sector’s largest salary survey.

Did your remuneration or employment change during the past year? Or, do you need help understanding the current benchmarks for the not-for-profit sector? The Pro Bono Australia Salary Survey can help.

Since 2013, the Pro Bono Salary Survey has been helping not-for-profit organisations by mapping out trends and offering in-depth insight and analysis that allows individuals and organisations to effectively benchmark their remuneration practices.

The generosity of this year’s respondents meant we received the highest number of survey responses in the report’s history helping us create the most comprehensive report yet.

To purchase the report, carefully choose the size of your organisation to ensure you are paying the correct amount (based on the number of full-time equivalent employees):

Please note:
A tiered purchase system ensures a fairer use of the Salary Survey for all and supports the ongoing work of Pro Bono Australia including payment for our Journalists and free News services.

This report is available as a digital download only.

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Trustworthy industry trends and insights

Confidently benchmark your remuneration with 9 years of in-depth research on not-for-profit salaries.

A “how to” guide for using the data

Our top tips for getting the best out of the salary survey, so you can successfully benchmark remuneration across the whole organisation or negotiate in pay reviews.

Comparison of key roles and different factors

See breakdown of salaries by sector, operating budget, number of full-time equivalent employees, location and tax status. We also included 8 new roles in this year’s report.

An in-depth editorial from our partners at the Centre for Philanthropy and NonProfit Studies, QUT

An analysis of tenure, education, professional background and bonus payments across the not-for-profit sector. See how your experience stacks up.

The 2021 Salary Survey report contains data on 34 roles, including 8 new roles compared to last year. If you only need information on a certain position, you can simply purchase it separately below.

The positions are categorised by tiers:
Tier 1 roles report directly to the organisation’s board.
Tier 2 roles report directly to a Tier 1 role.
Tier 3 roles report directly to a Tier 2 role.

For 10 key positions, data is broken down and can be directly compared by sector, operating budget, number of full-time equivalent employees, location, tax status and salary components. For other roles the report contains remuneration broken down by salary components.

CEO / Chief Executive Officer / Head of Organisation (Tier 1)

Remuneration information for the CEO or head of the organisation.

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General Manager

General Manager (Tier 2)

The most senior role responsible for the delivery of a range of services.

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Finance Manager

Operations / Administration Manager (Tier 2)

The most senior role responsible for corporate operations.

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Operations Manager

Finance Manager / Treasurer (Tier 2)

The most senior role responsible for the full range of finance accountabilities.

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Human Resources

Human Resources Manager (Tier 2)

The most senior human resources role responsible for the full range of human resources accountabilities.

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Finance Manager

Services Manager (Tier 2)

The most senior role responsible for the delivery of the full range of services.

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Marketing Manager 2

Marketing / Fundraising / Communications Manager (Tier 2)

The most senior role responsible for the full range of marketing accountabilities, reporting to CEO.

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Marketing Manager 3

Finance Manager (Tier 3)

The role responsible for a range of finance accountabilities, that reports to a Tier 2 manager.

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Marketing Manager 3

Marketing / Fundraising / Communications manager (Tier 3)

The role responsible for a range of marketing accountabilities that reports to a Tier 2 manager.

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Marketing Manager 3

Program Manager (Tier 2 and 3)

The role responsible for the delivery of one or more programs and/or projects.

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Other Roles

Other roles

Administration Officer, BDM, Care Worker, Case Manager, Community Development Officer, Customer Service Officer, Database Manager, Executive Assistant, Finance Officer, Grants Manager, HR Officer, IT Manager, IT Officer, Marketing / Fundraising / Communications Officer, Partnerships Manager, Philanthropy Manager, Program Officer, Project Manager, Quality / Risk / Compliance Officer, Research and Policy Manager, Relationships Manager, Services Manager, Team Leader, and Volunteer Manager / Coordinator.

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Why support Australia’s most trusted NFP salary report?

“Pro Bono Australia’s Salary Survey delivers a robust evidence base which can be trusted by boards, CEOs and managers to guide them when reviewing vital remuneration decisions.

When you purchase a Salary Survey, you’ll also be helping us continue our social impact by keeping services such as Pro Bono News free and accessible to all. Our services have a social return on investment of 11:1. Thank you for your ongoing support.”

– Karen Mahlab AM, Pro Bono Australia CEO & Founder

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