Guidestar Says Female CEO Pay Still Lags and Recession Takes its Toll on Execs Overall

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September 8, 2011; Source: Market Watch | I admit that this report from Guidestar infuriates me—so here it is without the editorial commentary: In 2010 the median compensation of women CEOs in nonprofits continued to lag behind that of their male counterparts at similar organizations. The gap was 13.4 percent for CEOs at organizations with budgets of $250,000 to $400,000, and almost 25 percent at organizations with budgets of more than $50 million.

Since 1999, though, this gender pay gap has narrowed for most organizations—except those with budgets in the $1 million to $5 million range, where the difference has increased. During this period there has been an increase in the number of female CEOs for organizations of all sizes, but the number of female CEOs declines as organizational budget size increases.

In addition, salary increases for all executives slowed down significantly from a median 4 percent raise in 2008 to 2 percent in 2009. Highest median salaries by field? Health and science organizations. Lowest? Food, religion, and youth development. And in terms of region, Washington, D.C.-area nonprofits paid the most for the sixth straight year among the 20 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and Riverside-San Bernardino, California paid the least.—Ruth McCambridge