U.S. Headquarters Salary, Benefits, and Human Resources Policy Survey (NGO Local Pay Survey with Birches Group)

For over 30 years, we have been conducting an annual U.S. Headquarters Salary and Benefits Survey for organizations and foundations engaged in international development and relief work.

Beginning in 2019, we are partnering with Birches Group LLC, the leading HR consultancy focused on the international development sector, and combine our U.S. survey with their NGO Local Pay survey in the U.S. Many Members are already familiar with the NGO Local Pay surveys, which cover field locations in approximately 90 countries. We made this change to take advantage of the Birches Group expertise in managing compensation survey data. The survey data is refreshed three times a year, allowing you to join when most convenient for you.

For more information on the changes and transition plans, please refer to this press release.

To register for the survey, please click here.

U.S. Expat/TCN Salary, Allowance, and Administrative Policies Survey (NGO Global Pay Survey)

The Expat/TCN Compensation, Allowances and Administrative Policies Survey provides unique sector data for NGO international staff. Over 75 NGOs participate in this survey.

As with the NGO Local Pay Survey, beginning in 2019 we are partnering with Birches Group to publish the survey. The survey benchmarks 23 regional and country Expat/TCN positions. Salaries are reported by budget, staff size, and by a number of geographic locations. Allowances, leave policies, taxation, localization, and other general practices are also reported. 

Please click here to register (registration closes August 9th, 2019 for late 2019 publication).

Indirect Cost Survey

The indirect cost survey takes place periodically and collects common indirect cost rate information – including NICRA data. The survey also aims to broaden more traditional discussions of indirect cost rates and rate agreements to include indirect cost allocation strategies, total cost of operations, and total costs of specific outcomes. Survey results are designed to help member organizations better benchmark themselves, regardless of how they label or allocate indirect costs.

Software Survey (for HQ and field)

We collect data on more than 25 types of software being used by its member organizations both at their headquarter locations and in their field offices. All members are asked to complete an online survey with questions regarding various management software, financial software, human resources software, and more. This information provides members with an opportunity to learn which software packages their peers are using in all locations. The findings of our software survey are published on the Member Community. The software survey is conducted bi-annually. 

For more information on our surveys, contact us at