Salary Ranges in the Field

Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration

Advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management by certifying individuals who demonstrate knowledge and competence in the leadership of volunteers. Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international credential awarded to practitioners with at least 3 years of experience who successfully complete an exam and written portfolio process. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) several decades ago, the credentialing program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. See their Web site for details on dates throughout the year for new groups and qualifications.

A-Introduction to the Topic 586

  • FAQ:  What's the salary range for a Director of Volunteer  Resources? 
  • Answer:  It depends on your field and what managers are paid in your specific setting (you should be paid at a management level -- see Susan's Hot Topic about this). 

There are periodic salary surveys produced for the nonprofit sector.  Unfortunately, the majority of such surveys do not include a question about the pay rate for a volunteer resources manager. These days, the salary reports are only available for a fee (we had to remove broken links to older reports that are no longer online).  If we find any new valid surveys relevant to volunteer management, we will post them here.  If you know of any, please give us the links so we can inform everyone.

March 1999

The Money Factor in Volunteer Management

By Susan J. Ellis

This Hot Topic is about money.  Two big financial questions seem to surface all the time, so let's examine them: What should a director of volunteers be paid? Should volunteers be given money as an incentive?

September 1997

What's Gender Got to Do with It?

By Susan J. Ellis

The sex-typing of volunteering as feminine--and the disproportionate number of women in director of volunteer positions--needs to be acknowledged and addressed. This is a complex issue and manifests itself in numerous ways. It's impossible for me to fully address it in this column, however I can certainly introduce questions to begin the dialogue.

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