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Ten Best Paying Nonprofit Job Opportunities

If you've been assessing where your career is headed and the thought of sending your resume to a nonprofit has crossed your mind, you first need to step back and consider if it's really the right move for you. And if you've gone through all of the important considerations of working for a nonprofit and are convinced there's potential for you to be happy in the nonprofit world, you should look at the kinds of jobs available in most organizations. The salaries are typically lower than those at for-profit companies, but you need to evaluate whether the work is worth a possible pay cut. According to "40 Best Fields for Your Career," here are ten of the best paying jobs in advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations that also have the greatest growth potential in their field.

  1. General and operations managers: Responsible for the day-to-day functions of the organization for an average salary of $76,783.
  2. Public relations specialists: Handle all of the media and campaigns and earn an average salary of $44,080.
  3. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants: Perform general office functions while earning an average salary of $35,085.
  4. Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks: Handle the financial affairs for an average salary of $28,796.
  5. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors: Organize and direct leisure and athletic activities and earn an average salary of $21,411.

There are five more jobs on the list so just

  1. General office clerks: Keep the group offices organized while earning an average salary of $21,405.
  2. Receptionists: Answer and direct calls and earn an average salary of $20,116.
  3. Janitors and cleaners: Perform a wide range of cleaning and maintenance duties while earning an average salary of $17,965.
  4. Recreation workers: Work at community centers, health clubs and fitness centers run by nonprofit organizations for an average salary of $17,404.
  5. Childcare workers: Look after children enrolled in nonprofit programs while earning an average salary of $15,988.
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ktacce ktacce 9 years
ha! i do PR for a nonprofit too! and i make above that average salary, and feel respected, like there is plenty of room to grow, and that i'll have lots of opportunities to change my organization of choice as i grow!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Wow those are some low paying jobs. I guess if you didn't really need the money and wanted to work for a non-profit it would be okay.
Neural Neural 9 years
I've been out of college for 9 years and I've spent most of that time working in non-profits. In general, my experiences have been low-pay and long hours/weeks, few holidays, etc. But I've never been afraid to job-hop and I've now moved myself into a position in county government that pays pretty well and has good holidays. And there was a time about 7 years ago where I thought I'd get out of non-profits but I just didn't feel valued in the corporate world so I went back to non-profits after about 8 months.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
This sounds like a list of awful jobs. Getting paid 15K for looking after kids? Cleaning up other people's shit for 18K? And this is advocacy how? Eish.
adelka adelka 9 years
I'm a PR specialist for a nonprofit, too. I don't make that much! ...But I love my job. Would I turn down a raise? Of course not.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
I think I'll stick to my bartending job that pulls in upwards of $80K a year with only working a few nights a week:)
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I'm a nonprofit PR specialist. :) I love my job. The pay isn't spectacular, but there's lots of potential for growth. I wouldn't trade where I am for anything.
tred6411 tred6411 9 years
Just left a non profit job. Salary was low and they worked you like you have never worked before. Evenings, weekends etc. Your personal life was pretty much gone. That was the downside. The upside was you got crazy amounts of vacation, sick and personal days (not that you had time to take advantage of these). Also, during the week between Christmas and New Years they would close the company down as a "bonus" to all the employees. It was a great cause but you can't justify what you give up personally just for that reason. There was no balance.
JazzyBK JazzyBK 9 years
Interesting post. Curious to know the locations they used to get these stats.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
Oy those are so low! I dont think that Childcare workers should get paid so little, for a while i was thinking about being a pre-school teacher and i found an awesome place that was going to let me get hands on training while i was still in school and the pay was like $9 per hour and they said that the head teacher only gets paid like $15 per hour...i can NOT believe thay they get paid so little! Im not done with school yet and just working as an Office Manager and get paid quiet a bit more than head teachers...just doesnt seem fair
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
so what exactly does growth potential mean? training on the job? training for another position within the organization that you weren't exactly hired to do?
simplycutebecka simplycutebecka 9 years
Truthfully the pay rates don't sound that bad. I am finding it hard to find a job paying more then $20,000 - $25,000 right now. Blah! At least a non-profit might give one some reward for the job they do.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
It actually depend on the type of non-profit and how they fund raise and if they have an endowment. The bigger the non-profit, it may be ran more corporate and have more money to give to their employees. I use to work for 2 non-profits: the first didn't have that much money and paid their employees at the bottom of the barrel (good cause though) and the second had a lot of money, an endowment, and three big time contributors (the richest in the world) - they were also ran as a corporation and paid their employees well, you just imagine the atmosphere.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
ladypenguin- I thought the same thing when I saw the list! But I think it has something to do with the fact that these are the best paying jobs with the most growth potential, and also it's only referring to jobs with advocacy, grantmaking and civic organizations.
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
Eek...six of the ten "best paying" jobs have average salaries less than $25,000, with three under $20,000? I know nonprofit salaries aren't going to match the private sector, and some of those positions listed don't have high salaries in the corporate world either. But can those really be the highest paying non-profit positions?
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