Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Pastor's Salary

If you're a Senior Pastor at a church in the United States, you're probably making about $81,000 per year. That is the finding of the 2009 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff survey of nearly 5,000 churches and 11,000 employees.

Here's the breakdown: If your church averages 100-300 people, the average pay is around $73,000. If your church has a weekly worship attendance of between 300-500, that number jumps to $88,000. And the salary average for the senior pastor of a church if attendance is 500+ is $103,000 and up.

According to the survey, pastors in the suburbs tend to make as much as 50% more than their rural and urban counterparts.



Albert said...

Where do I sign up for this type of salary?

Ben said...

Wow. I wonder if this is biased towards particular parts of the country because I don't make anywhere near this and I don't know any pastors of 100-300 size that make that either.

Not that I'm jealous... ;-)

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