Nonprofit CEOs received raises close to pre-recession levels for the second consecutive year in 2016, with women receiving larger median increases than men in all but the largest organizations — those with budgets of at least $25 million — a report from GuideStar finds.
Based on Internal Revenue Service data, the 2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report found that median compensation of female nonprofit CEOs continued to trail that of their male counterparts, although the gap has narrowed in recent years. In 2016, the gap ranged from 4 percent at organizations with budgets of $250,000 or less to 20 percent at those with budgets of more than $50 million and was smallest at midsize organizations with budgets between $2.5 million and $25 million.
According to the report, science and health organizations had the highest overall median salaries, while religion and animal welfare-related organizations had the lowest.
"The median increase in compensation of incumbent CEOs was either the same or slightly lower in 2016 than in 2015, regardless of gender or organization size," said Holly C.S. Ivel, GuideStar's director of data services and the report's author. "Nevertheless, 2016 was only the second year since the recession in which we saw increases of 4 percent or more. As has typically been the case, increases were higher at larger organizations. In all but the highest two budget bands, women received larger increases than men."