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How Much Does an Executive Director Earn In The United States?

Executive Director Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$140,000
$78,000
$140,000
$251,000
Executive directors in the United States make an average salary of $140,448 per year or $67.52 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level executive director salary is roughly $78,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $251,000. If you like following the crowd, health care and non profits companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out insurance, finance, and hospitality companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, California, and Connecticut provide the highest executive director salaries.
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Where Executive Directors Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where executive directors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Executive Directors Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Hawaii, New York and New Jersey, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for executive directors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Louisiana, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
Location
City
Average Salary
New York, NY
Salary Range101k - 219k$149k$148,813

Thousand Oaks, CA

Salary Range91k - 189k$131k$131,444

Stamford, CT

Salary Range88k - 193k$131k$130,838
Jersey City, NJ
Salary Range88k - 190k$130k$129,576

Wilmington, DE

Salary Range85k - 182k$125k$124,794
Washington, DC
Salary Range79k - 167k$115k$115,299
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range76k - 162k$112k$111,642
Boston, MA
Salary Range67k - 147k$100k$100,044
San Antonio, TX
Salary Range66k - 142k$97k$97,019
Cleveland, OH
Salary Range66k - 140k$97k$96,760
$51k
$219k

High Paying Executive Director Jobs

Which Companies Pay Executive Directors The Most?

To earn a high income as an executive director, working for Kaplan Development Group or GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Solexel and The New York Times Company report highly competitive salaries for executive directors.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Kaplan Development Group
Salary Range209k - 300k$251k$251,304
GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control LP
Salary Range207k - 296k$248k$247,901
Solexel
Salary Range202k - 297k$246k$245,639
The New York Times Company
Salary Range225k - 260k$242k$242,426
JPMorgan Chase
Salary Range191k - 288k$235k$235,290
Morgan Stanley
Salary Range191k - 288k$235k$235,101
Celgene
Salary Range190k - 288k$234k$234,077
Gilead Sciences
Salary Range190k - 288k$234k$234,076
Amgen
Salary Range190k - 288k$234k$234,072
Tenet Healthcare
Salary Range190k - 288k$234k$234,060
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    How Much Do Executive Directors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, executive director salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that insurance, finance, and hospitality companies tend to offer much higher salaries for executive directors. For example, executive directors make a whopping average salary of $199,429 while working for insurance companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $173,845 at finance companies and $165,366 at hospitality companies. But executive directors may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $112,966.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Insurance

    Salary Range172k - 230k$199k$199,429

    Finance

    Salary Range142k - 212k$174k$173,845

    Hospitality

    Salary Range133k - 204k$165k$165,366

    Health Care

    Salary Range109k - 184k$142k$142,291

    Government

    Salary Range101k - 169k$131k$131,403

    Non Profits

    Salary Range86k - 148k$113k$112,966
    $86k
    $230k

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