Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey launches today 

Today, part one of the two-part King County Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey is now live!    

The 2023 King County Nonprofit Wage & Benefits and Employee Engagement surveys are underway, and we are calling on nonprofits in the region—specifically an Executive Director, Human Resources staff, or a Finance Manager—who has access to staff compensation information to take part in the survey. Technical assistance offered by King County is available to anyone who needs support completing the survey. 

Complete Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey here:

Part 1 of this survey is open starting today, February 15 through May 15, 2023. Mark your calendars! Part 2, the Employee Engagement survey will open on March 15 and run through June 1.

King County Department of Community and Human Services is committed to addressing inequities in the human services network. Following the survey results in 2022, we will continue to seek further information and work with contracted partners to help inform actions to respond to pay disparities across King County. Nonprofit workers are not paid enough to live in the communities they serve, or make their career path sustainable. This mismatch is a problem we must address head on. Often people leave for higher wages or access to benefits, leaving nonprofits with continual challenges around recruitment and retention.  

This survey is funded through the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) and administered by our partner 501 Commons. The Putting People First initiative first launched in 2021, comprised of two surveys: 1. A Wage and Benefits Survey, and 2. An Employee Engagement Survey. Using the results from these surveys, we created a report on employee satisfaction, an online salary database, and a report on employment practices, benefits, salaries below the living wage, and more.  

In 2021, more than 230 nonprofits that are based in and serving King County, employing more than 20,000 people responded to the King County Nonprofit Wage & Benefits Survey. We are looking to expand those numbers this year, and moving forward. It is important that organizations of all sizes and types participate in the survey for the resulting information to be as robust and reliable as possible. 

Organizations funded by the VSHSL and any of their nonprofit subcontractors funded by the VSHSL, are required to complete the Wage & Benefits survey and the upcoming Employee Engagement survey. 

Learn more about the King County Nonprofit Employment Survey