Even though some our users have clearly expressed their discontent with the compensation CEOs of their favorite charities receive, Charity Navigator’s 2008 CEO study indicates that the average CEO compensation is roughly $149,000, and represents on average 3.32% of an organization’s overall expenses. While some donors disagree that a nonprofit CEO deserves to earn a six figure salary, we ask that you keep in mind that the charities included in this study are multi-million dollar operations. Leading one of them requires an individual that possesses both an understanding of the issues that are unique to the charity's mission as well as business and management expertise similar to that required of for-profit CEOs.
Our complete study breaks out compensation by region, type and size of the organization. In addition, we also list some of the biggest paychecks received, as well as those organizations who compensate their CEOs via an affiliate, and those who have several members of the same family on the payroll. You can review the 2008 CEO Compensation Study by clicking here.