Newly Available on Nonprofit Works: Latest BLS Data on Nonprofit Employment and Wages

By on November 7, 2018

Following on the heels of a recent addition of 2015 estimates of nonprofit employment, the Center for Civil Society Studies is pleased to announce the addition to the Nonprofit Works interactive database of a full set of data on 2016 nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in states and counties through-out the U.S.! With this latest update, Nonprofit Works now brings the most-recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the fingertips of nonprofit organizations, researchers, foundations, and those supporting them in states and counties throughout the country.
A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector
The nonprofit sector is a far more significant part of the employment landscape of the U.S. than is widely understood, employing the third largest workforce, and supporting the third largest payroll, of any U.S. industry behind only retail trade and manufacturing. What is more, this sector continues to be unusually dynamic blunting the impact of the most recent U.S. recession by continuing to add jobs while the country’s for-profit business sector shed jobs at an alarming rate.

By putting these data in the hands of users both nationally and at the state and local level, Nonprofit Works makes it possible for them to:

  • Document the enormous scale and dynamism of this sector in their locales;
  • Show that nonprofits contribute significantly to local tax revenues;
  • Demonstrate the competitive wages that nonprofits offer in their fields; and
  • Spot key trends potentially threatening the nonprofit role.

With Nonprofit Works, you will be able to:

  • Report how many jobs nonprofits support in your state or county;
  • Identify the fields in which nonprofits make their contributions;
  • Compare nonprofit wages to those in business and government in the same fields;
  • Chart the relative growth of nonprofit and for-profit entities in key service fields; and
  • Identify gaps in nonprofit coverage.

Click here to start exploring Nonprofit Works today.
About Nonprofit Works
Nonprofit Works is an interactive database created by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies. It builds on more than a decade of experience producing detailed reports on the nonprofit workforce in states and communities across the country and draws on official U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surveys that also cover government and for-profit workplaces, making it possible to compare nonprofit employment and wages to those in these other sectors over time.
Nonprofit Works provides an easy-to-use 7-step Data Selection Wizard that makes navigation and data selection an easy and straight-forward process. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on using the Nonprofit Works Data Selection Wizard.
Nonprofit Works Memberships
Nonprofit Works offers two tiers of access—Basic and Premium:

  • The Basic Tier offers users much of the benefit of Nonprofit Works for free.
  • The Premium Tier, available for a small fee, provides access both to: (a) comparative and contextual data—such as average weekly wages and how nonprofit employment and wages compare to those of for-profits in the same fields—and (b) to additional advanced user features, including more download options and saved searches.

  • Multiple-Access Discount options. To foster wider use of the data, discount options are available for securing full Nonprofit Works Premium Account access for multiple employees of an organization, for multiple members of networks or associations, or for multiple grantees of funders. The Center for Civil Society Studies’ team will be happy to work with you to customize these memberships to fit your needs and budget. Please contact us with any questions or to get started.

For further information on the BLS QCEW database and the methodology used to extract nonprofit data from BLS files, click here.
For a sneak peek at some key findings from the 2016 update, click here.



About the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies | email
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. The Center conducts research and educational programs that seek to improve current understanding, analyze emerging trends, and promote promising innovations in the ways that government, civil society, and business can collaborate to address social and environmental challenges.
About the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project (NED) | link
Nonprofit organizations are facing increased pressures in states and localities throughout the United States, but the nonprofit sector’s ability to respond to these pressures has been limited by a lack of timely information about how prevailing economic realities are affecting the sector. The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project (NED) is helping to tackle this problem by charting economic trends in the nonprofit sector including how employment, wages, and finances have changed over time and in relation to other industries. Moreover, the project is able to analyze these data at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and to focus on particular subsectors—such as nursing homes, hospitals, home health centers, education, social services, and the arts. A collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, state employment security agencies, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state nonprofit associations, the NED Project has thus far produced over 40 state, county, and regional Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletins since its founding in 2001, yielding a vital resource for understanding the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Works is generously supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.



Chelsea Newhouse is the Communications Manager for the Center for Civil Society Studies and manages the Center's Nonprofit Economic Data and Philanthropication thru Privatization Projects and the Nonprofit Works Interactive Database. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, the Baltimore Sun, and as a community organizer for Clean Water Action and the Democratic National Committee. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. Chelsea can be reached at