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2013 Land Trust Salaries and Benefits Survey

The results are in. Drawing on a cross-section of land trusts nationwide, the Alliance’s 2013 Land Trust Salaries and Benefits Survey shows both steady progress and tremendous gains.

Overall, salaries for land trust personnel have kept pace with inflation and in some cases, seen modest increases.  Beyond salaries, land trusts are increasingly investing in the physical and long-term financial health of their staff by offering benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans.

Many thanks to the more than 200 land trusts who responded to the survey.


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The Land Trust Salaries and Benefits Survey is the only comprehensive source of staff compensation data exclusively for the land trust community.

Questions? Email Katie Chang.

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The Land Trust Alliance salary survey is the best source of objective salary and benefits information from land trusts across the country. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has frequently used data from the survey as a vital reference in setting our own compensation levels over the years.
—Kieran Roe, executive director, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (NC)

I frequently provide the Land Trust Salary Survey as a resource when I am helping boards plan to hire an executive director. It is a one-of-a-kind resource for the land trust community.
—Sara Wilson, president and principal consultant, Mayes|Wilson & Associates, LLC


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