Wage & Benefits Survey: FAQ

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2014 Nonprofit Regional Wage & Benefits Survey – Frequently Asked Questions


Who can participate in the survey?

Any 501(c)(3), (4), (5), or (6) organization with paid staff doing business in the state of Vermont. If you represent an all-volunteer organization or you have no employees matching one the 30 job categories, you will have the opportunity to receive participation credit by completing the first section of the survey.

We are an all volunteer organization, can we participate in the survey?

Yes, you can participate in the survey and receive a free copy of the report.

When is the deadline for submitting the survey?

The survey should be completed by June 6, 2014. The deadline has been extended to June 20th by 5pm. Please don’t wait, complete the survey today. We are here to help, if you have any questions!

How do you know if you received my survey on time?

Please be sure to include your email address and we will send you a confirmation acknowledging the receipt of your completed survey.

Do I get a free copy of the report if I participate?

Yes, if you return your completed questionnaire by the deadline, your will receive a free copy of the report.

How confidential is this data when we are asked to include our organization name and contact information?

Contact information will be kept separate from sensitive data.   We ask for your contact information to ensure your participation discount. The Center may also use this information to contact you should analysts need clarification on your responses.

I am having trouble navigating the Online Survey, how do I go back to a previous page?

Your browser’s back and forward buttons won’t work to navigate through the survey. You’ll have to use the buttons at the bottom of each survey page.

What should I do if I can’t find a job description to fit one of our staff?

In deciding which job descriptions to include, we were cognizant that not all job statistics would be collected. Part of the job of this questionnaire is not only to determine nonprofit remuneration, but also to determine where the jobs lie. If you would like us to consider adding a job description, please forward a copy of that description, along with the corresponding wage statistics to Shelagh Cooley at coordinator@commongoodvt.org.  If we receive enough entries for a particular job category, we will include the data in this year’s report and also add it to the questionnaire for the next report.

I am the only employee in our one-person shop. Since I wear many hats, how should I report my salary?

One person shops usually have an executive director, a coordinator, or an administrative assistant level employee. Please pick the job description and qualification level that best fits your situation. The organization’s budget size will identify the one-person-shop multi-taskers.

Do I count the cost of employee compensation in “fringe benefits”?

No, only count the benefits your organization gives to the employees, not the associated costs.

When will the report be published?

Fall 2014 based on data collected during May 2014.

How much does the report cost?

$99 for Vermont nonprofits, $250 for all others and FREE for participating organizations.

Thank you to our underwriters for supporting the nonprofit sector in

Vermont & Northern New England!

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