$24.69 per hour
Estimated National Value of Each Volunteer Hour
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” ― Booker T. Washington
Volunteers in the United States are 63 million strong and hold up the foundation of civil society. They help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise. No matter what kind of volunteer work they do, they are contributing in invaluable ways.
So why do we calculate a value of volunteer time?
We know putting numbers to volunteer hours will never do them justice, but it is just one way for us to show the contributions individuals and organizations have made in our communities. The estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations frequently use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.
Additionally, each state has a unique value. You can explore in-depth state and historical data by filling out the form below. Learn more about the methodology.