Nonprofit organizations and corporations rely on office coordinators to screen and direct incoming calls, greet guests and ensure their offices are run efficiently. Nonprofit office coordinators also research data, proofread reports, order supplies and equipment, pay bills and distribute mail and company bulletins. They earn salaries averaging more than $30,000 annually.
Salaries and Qualifications:
The average annual salary for a nonprofit office coordinator was $33,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. The minimum educational requirement for this job is typically a high school diploma, with some coursework in office procedures, word processing and using computer spreadsheets. Nonprofit employers may also prefer hiring those with one or more years of office coordinator experience. Other important qualifications for the job include an attention to detail and organizational, communication and customer service skills.
Annual salaries for nonprofit office coordinators varied more within the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries of $21,000 in Hawaii and highest of $35,000 in California. In the Northeast, they made $28,000 to $40,000 in Maine and New York, respectively. Nonprofit office coordinators in South Dakota and Illinois earned $24,000 to $36,000 per year, respectively, which represented the lowest and highest earnings in the Midwest. In the South region, they made $28,000 to $39,000 in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., respectively.
Nonprofit companies usually pay lower salaries because they have fewer financial resources, according to U.S. News & World Report. Office coordinators who seek jobs with nonprofit companies may earn more working for large organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of the United States. Larger nonprofits likely have more financial resources than smaller ones. Nonprofit office coordinators earn more in New York and Washington, D.C., because it costs more to live in that state and district. For example, a nonprofit office coordinator who earns $35,000 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, would need to make $85,638 in Manhattan, New York to maintain her living standard, according to CNN Money's "Cost of Living" calculator. She'd have to make $54,781 in Washington, D.C., to enjoy a similar living standard as in Baton Rouge, or approximately 56 percent more.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't project jobs for nonprofit office coordinators. It forecasts a 17 percent increase in employment for general office clerks from 2010 to 2020, which is statistically about average. Nonprofit organizations are usually highly selective in whom they hire, according to U.S. News, and they look for candidates who are the most passionate about their charity. Since competition is steep, it behooves applicants to update their computer skills and technical skills at a local community college.