Salary Transparency on Job Posts for Nonprofits and Social Impact Orgs

Posted by Karissa Justice | Hiring Best Practices

Why do we strongly recommend sharing a salary range for your job post?

Salary transparency is an increasingly common topic as more states and municipalities pass laws requiring it, and as the job market is shifting to favor job seekers. At Tech Jobs For Good, we get a lot of questions about salary transparency from job seekers and job posters, and for the record: though we do not currently require posters to share a salary range, we strongly encourage it!

Do you know if salary transparency is required by law in your jurisdiction?

It is the responsibility of our job posters to know the state and local laws that apply to them. While we are not legal experts and this is not an exhaustive list, here are some of the cities and states that have passed pay-transparency laws in the US:

  • Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act
  • Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act
  • Nevada SB 293
  • Connecticut HB 6380
  • Rhode Island Equal Pay Law (scheduled for 2023) 
  • Toledo, OH Pay Equity Act
  • Cincinnati, OH Prohibited Salary Inquiry and Use
  • New York City, NY Human Rights Law

There are other states, including Maryland and New York, with pay transparency laws under consideration, and we anticipate more states and cities will be following soon. Even if you are hiring remotely, we recommend that you have a process for sharing salary information with candidates in states with pay transparency laws and consult with legal counsel about your liabilities and risks. You may be responsible for providing pay information based on the location of the applicant, rather than your company.

What should I do if I see a job posting that is breaking the law?

Please let us know right away! We will attempt to contact the job poster about updating their job posting, but if we do not hear back and the problem is not resolved in a timely manner we will remove the job post from our site. 

I can’t compete with Bay Area salaries! Won’t it hurt my chances of finding a candidate if I share the salary range?

Job seekers understand that nonprofits and social impact organizations cannot usually compete with VC funded salaries in high cost of living areas. Our job seeker community is on Tech Jobs For Good because they want to make a difference! 

That does not mean job seekers will accept salaries far below the market rate for nonprofit and social impact organizations, or that people will accept salaries that cannot support their cost of living. If you cannot afford to pay a living wage, you should consider alternatives such as removing a location requirement or changing the work requirements to part time. 

Nonprofits and social impact organizations should also highlight the impact of each role on their cause and share information about other benefits and the work environment to attract more candidates. 

What are the benefits of pay transparency?

Job seekers report more positive opinions of organizations that share pay ranges or compensation practices openly. We see a higher application rate on job posts with salary range (and our job seekers have the option to filter out job posts without a salary). Additionally, research shows that pay transparency improves pay equity for women and pay equity for people of color, increases employee performance and engagement, and reduces turnover