Among workers age 25 and older, those in nonprofit organizations tend to have higher educational attainment than private sector workers overall. In 2022, almost two-thirds of nonprofit workers were college graduates; 32.7 percent had an advanced degree, which includes master’s, professional and doctoral degrees, and 31.9 percent had a bachelor’s degree only. Among private sector workers overall, 14.6 percent had an advanced degree, and 26.8 percent had a bachelor’s degree only. Just 1.7 percent of nonprofit workers had less than a high school diploma, compared with 6.8 percent of workers in the private sector.
Full-time wage and salary workers at nonprofit organizations generally had higher median usual weekly earnings in 2022 than workers overall. Median usual weekly earnings for nonprofit workers were $1,163, compared with $1,026 for all private sector workers. Women working for nonprofit organizations earned $1,101 per week, compared with $920 for all women in the private sector. The story was similar for Hispanics or Latinos, with nonprofit earnings of $1,006 and private sector earnings of $802. Workers with more education tend to have higher earnings, so these differences partially reflect nonprofit workers’ higher educational attainment. These earnings comparisons do not control for other factors, such as age, occupation, industry, and geographic region.