2016 Tennessee Nonprofit Compensation Survey Results

The long awaited Watkins Uiberall 2016 Tennessee Nonprofit Compensation Survey results have been released! If you are an ABN Member, log in your account and access the survey through the ABN Resource Library under the “Human Resources” section.

The purpose of this report is to pr­ovide nonprofit leaders with comparability data that can be used in the process of determining reasonable compensation. ABN and East Tennessee Foundation were two of the five supporting organizations that helped to gather the data for this survey.

In the report, Watkins Uiberall has presented the following:

  • A description of the survey respondents (geography, field of work, and budget size)
  • Summaries and graphs of the reported data (leadership, staffing practices, benefits, and compensation)Capture.JPG
  • Data comparing organization policies to budget size
  • Compensation data comparing the Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville Metro Statistical Areas with national averages from the 2016 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report

There were several things ABN found very interesting from the report:

  • Nearly 50% of executive directors have a graduate degree; 97% of executive directors have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • 66% of organizations have a female executive director
  • 12% of organizations give automatic salary increases to employees; 32% give cost-of-living salary increases; and 73% give merit-based salary increases
  • 64% of organizations offer an employer-provided health insurance plan and only 31% of small organizations offer a health plan, compared to 89% of medium-sized and 100% of large organizations
  • 24% of organizations offer employee 401k plans, 24% offer 403b plans, and 12% offer simple IRAs
  • 71% of organizations use between 1 and 10 contractors to perform services each year
  • The most common services performed by independent contractors include:
    • Bookkeeping (63%)
    • Payroll (37%)
    • Fundraising (24%)
    • Grant Writing (24%)
    • Management Consulting (16%)
    • Marketing (16%)
    • Program Evaluation (11%)
    • Executive Coaching (5%)

We hope you find this information useful for your organization! For more helpful resources, check out the online ABN Resource Library.

152 Elle Benson is originally from Denver, Colorado and came to Tennessee via UT Knoxville where she graduated from the College of Business. She recently completed her MBA in Leadership at Tiffin University. Before joining ABN, Benson served as Marketing Supervisor for LBMC, PC and was the Director of Operations for the YWCA Knoxville. She is the past President of Young Professionals of Knoxville (YPK) and served as the Curriculum Chair for the Inaugural YPK Leadership Certificate program. Benson serves on the board for the Friends of Literacy, Knoxville Marketing Association and the United Way Young Leaders Society.