Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits:
The 2020 Compensation & Benefits Survey Report

Supplemental survey regarding the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak:

We are conducting a brief one-page supplemental survey to report updated information relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak such as salary increase budgets, layoffs, salary freezes and perceptions of the economic environment.

The compiled results will be distributed in July at no additional charge to all organizations that order a copy of the main report (see below), which was published on April 17.

Please take a few minutes to contribute to this resource for the Northern California nonprofit sector. The deadline for participating in this supplemental Economic Impact survey is Monday, June 29.

To participate in the supplemental Economic Impact survey, click this button:

Participate in Supplemental Survey

More about the main 2020 survey report, Fair Pay for Northern California Nonprofits, published on April 17:

Six hundred thirteen nonprofit organizations participated in the 2020 survey, which reports compensation levels for more than 250 jobs - the most in the survey's 42-year history.

Here's how your organization will benefit from the latest edition of "the best survey of its kind:"

Map of Northern California counties covered in survey, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Current, local compensation data on more than 250 jobs found in nonprofit organizations throughout Northern California, including the metropolitan areas of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Base pay levels and bonus/incentive pay for each job with details by annual operating budget, location within Northern California, number of employees and primary field of service
  • Employee benefits in detail: paid time off, insurance, retirement
  • Salary increases over the past year and expected during the next year
  • Policies with respect to on-call work, overtime, shift differentials, pay for bilingual skills, introductory periods, performance reviews and more.

The survey will also help your organization find out how the local nonprofit community is responding to current economic conditions. Here are some questions the survey can help nonprofit managers answer:

  • How do the salaries paid at our organization compare with those paid at similar local organizations?
  • Are organizations still freezing salary levels?
  • Are more organizations planning to increase salaries during the next year?
  • How common are bonuses or incentive pay for jobs like ours?
  • Are organizations shifting benefits costs to employees?
  • How do pay levels for male and female Executive Directors compare?

The survey serves all kinds of nonprofits in all 48 Northern California counties, from Del Norte County in the far northwest to Inyo County in the far southeast. And we make special efforts to serve both larger and smaller nonprofit organizations, as weel as those from both urban/suburban and rural counties. To find out more, click here...

2020 Survey Calendar

Survey open for enrollment and data entry
Last day to submit survey data
(extended deadline)
Survey report published

What Nonprofit Managers Say About the Survey...

"In creating three year strategic plans, the Fair Pay Nonprofit survey has served as an excellent planning tool. We know we are using the most reliable and relevant data in determining competitive wages and benefits for our valuable staff. I know this has helped us to attract and retain the best people!"

Michele Grupe
Executive Director
Cope Family Center, Napa

"Our organization has been using the Nonprofit Compensation Associates survey for nearly a decade. It has been invaluable as a tool to determine fair wages and benefits for our staff. I don’t know what we would do without it."

Jonathan Steinberg
Human Resources Manager
Island Conservation, Santa Cruz

"We highly recommend the Fair Pay compensation and benefits survey. The participation process is well-organized, the report is easy to use, and it includes extremely practical and relevant data for nonprofit decision makers. A must have!"

David R. Smith, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Koinonia Family Services, Loomis