Nonprofit industry watchdog Charity Navigator on Wednesday released its 2010 CEO Compensation Study – which outlines compensation for leaders of mid- to large-sized charities in the United States.
“Many donors assume that charity leaders work for free or minimal pay and are shocked to see that they earn six-figure salaries,” the report says.
“But these well-meaning donors fail to consider that these CEOs are running multi-million dollar operations that endeavor to change the world.”
Among the report’s findings:
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Top leaders earned a median salary of $147,273 in 2008.
Leaders in the Pacific West region earned $139,066, where those in the Northeast earned $185,000.
The median salary of leaders of charities involving animals earned $106,030; involving the arts, culture and the humanities, $190,550; involving the environment, $120,000; involving religion, $90,000.