The typical salary for an executive director ranges between $39,744 and $141,542, as of 2015, and it depends on the location and experience level. Relative to the national average of $69,997, executive directors in New York earn 118 percent more, while those in Austin earn 8 percent less.
Executive directors can earn yearly bonuses of up to $35,529, while profit sharing provides an opportunity to earn up to $63,871. The level of experience has a smaller impact on the salary relative to the location, with entry-level executive directors having a median salary of $54,000, while those with more than 20 years of experience earn about $89,000. The amount of money executive directors can earn through commissions on a yearly basis ranges between $1,441 and $49,035.