As of 2015, the average salary for Chief Executive Officers of nonprofit organizations in the United States ranged from $52,116 to $214,396. The median salary for nonprofit CEOs was $102,835.
Because many CEOs working in nonprofit organizations have such high salaries, some states have considered creating regulations to limit their compensation. The IRS states that nonprofit CEOs should receive "reasonable compensation" but does not provide any specifics on what is considered reasonable.
CharityNavigator.org evaluates CEO salaries annually and publishes the findings. In the 2013 CEO Compensation Study, data showed that there were nine nonprofit executives who earned over $1 million.