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.

385 Elle Benson is the Director of Capacity Building for the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN), East Tennessee’s nonprofit resource center. She oversees the educational development and consulting practices at ABN. Elle brought ten years of nonprofit and business consulting experience into assisting in the creation of ABN. Her nonprofit experience includes fundraising, nonprofit program development, nonprofit and corporate marketing, human resources, board governance, and strategic planning. She holds a certification in board governance from BoardSource, a global network advancing board governance practices. She also has a certificate in group facilitation. She earned a business degree from the Haslam College of Business, and she completed her MBA in leadership and organizational change at Tiffin University. She currently teaches nonprofit management for the University of Tennessee Non-Credit Programs. Elle enjoys being involved in the community, having served on eight nonprofit boards. She is currently serving on boards and committees for the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee, Friends of Literacy, United Way of Greater Knoxville, and Young Professionals of Knoxville.