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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

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.

Wage and Hour Division

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration provides compliance assistance on minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, and recordkeeping. It has a Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act and more than 4 dozen fact sheets.

What’s a Good Director of Development Worth?

Tony Poderis offers an article that raises issues to consider when determining compensation for a director of development.

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