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The Alliance has compiled this set of compensation resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Compensation Philosophy Statement

AAM created this pay philosophy statement that outlines goals for our compensation program which is designed to be fair, transparent, and clear so that all employees and managers understand the goals and the outcomes of the program.

How Do You Design a Fair and Effective Compensation Program?

The post on the Alliance blog outlines our process to create a more transparant compensation program. “Discussing compensation practices enabled deep conversations about what values, skills, and behaviors AAM’s leadership team wanted our system to foster. Reviewing and updating job descriptions brought clarity and awareness of staff’s roles.”

National Museum Salary Survey

American Alliance of Museums shares detailed salary information for 48 key museum positions, which are organized by museum type, region, geographic setting, and budget size, plus individual characteristics (age, gender, academic preparation, and time in position). The study also includes information about benefits, part-time employees, employment patterns during the recession, and the shape of the museum profession.

Other Resources

Living Wage Calculator

MIT’s living wage calculator helps individuals, communities, and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet minimum standards of living.

Nonprofit Compensation Report

In 2019, GuideStar published its GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, the only large-scale analysis of its kind based entirely on data reported to the IRS, and the most comprehensive nonprofit compensation study available.

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