Compensation and Benefits#

Compensation philosophy#

See the 2i2c Careers page for a short description of our compensation philosophy.

Salaries at 2i2c are determined solely by job title as well as several steps within that job (corresponding to experience in a particular job). We have internal salary documents for the specific positions and levels.

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We are working on an update of our compensation policy. See that document for ideas that are more specific / structured than this page.

Define compensation levels with GuideStar#

We define our salary levels relative to non-profit organizations with a similar size and scope as 2i2c. In order to have a more objective definition of competitive salaries, we use the GuideStar compensation report to compare common numbers across non-profits. This is provided by CS&S, and we have a PDF in our drive here:

Use the following criteria when defining the salary for a given position / level with the GuideStar report:

  • Use the Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services category

  • Use the $1m-$5m budget category

  • Choose an appropriate job category that most closely matches this position.

  • Define “compensation” as base salary + 25% benefits.

  • Use the median compensation in a category as a starting salary.

  • If this is for an earlier job in a given series, adjust the total compensation down accordingly (see below for a guideline).

Understanding the GuideStar reports#

Here are a few tips to understand the GuideStar reports:

  • The numbers there are for the top-paid position in each category. This means that for earlier levels in a job category, we need to reduce the total compensation accordingly.

    • Rule of thumb: Expect a 10% salary bump between job levels, and a 2% salary bump for steps within a level.

  • This is total compensation, not salary. GuideStar reports a combination of salary and benefits, keep this in mind when defining our salary bands.

  • Do not share the GuideStar report externally. It is a service paid-for by CS&S and should not be shared out of the CS&S organization. The links above should only be available to those with a email address.


Benefits are offered by Code for Science and Society. They are offered via TriNet as described in the CS&S employee handbook.


Below is a brief rationale for a few major aspects of our compensation strategy. We believe that these practices allow 2i2c to hire competitively, equitably, and successfully.

  • We want to set salaries that are very competitive for tech-focused non-profits of a similar size.

  • We also want to hire competitively for the tech industry, while recognizing that we do not have the same access to capital because we are a non-profit.

  • We believe in equal pay for equal work. We don’t believe that a team member’s ability to support the mission of 2i2c is impacted by their ability to negotiate a better salary. We also don’t think it is impacted by external factors like geographical location or cost of living.

  • We believe in transparency and openness when it comes to our salaries, in order to balance the amount of information on both sides of the hiring equation.