King County 2021 Nonprofit Wage Survey

King County has published the results of an extensive survey of wages, benefits and employment practices at nonprofits in the county.

Among the numerous insights is a list of positions that pay less than a living wage (calculated at $20.22 per hour, or $42,058 annually).

This report is a precursor to efforts devoted to improving employee pay and working conditions at nonprofits, who struggle with employee retention. Lack of employees has become a persistent issue with human-services nonprofits’ abilities to execute on their missions. For instance, many organizations providing services to homeless individuals report that their own employees are often one missed paycheck (or one rent increase) away from becoming homeless themselves, and some employees are taking advantage of the same benefit programs (e.g. food stamps) that their clients are.


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