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|Tim Belfield, senior technical analyst at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, left a
private corporation six years ago for his current job at the St. Louis nonprofit. His
$80,000-a-year compensation is just above the $77,287 average reported by our Midwest salary survey
respondents (see "Average salary by region," below). The top two paying regions in our survey are
the Mid-Atlantic ($94,864) and the Pacific ($94,457). Canada ranked the lowest, with an average
salary of $75,545.
Throughout his career, says Belfield, he has always moved into jobs that paid more than the last one. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center job is no exception, but it represents his first move to a nonprofit. In our 2007 survey, the average salary reported by respondents for government/nonprofit jobs is $77,645. For his part, says Belfield, his current job represents his dream job. A research-driven atmosphere, four weeks vacation at the outset, and a short and easy commute were all draws for Belfield. Ultimately, as several survey respondents agree, it's the corporate culture that keeps them satisfied (see "
|The good and the bad").
This was first published in November 2007