Saturday, December 17, 2005

Influencial and innovative church salary survey...

(HT: Eric Swanson)

Below is a salary structure that many smaller churches could not dream of approaching. But the thing I appreciate from it is that there is hope that I may someday be able to pay back my student loans! Between undergraduate work, and Seminary, the amount of student loans is accumulating at an astounding rate. Keep in mind, many of the people who fit the lead categories below have at minimum a master's degree, and a lot of Senior Pastors have a Doctorate of Ministry, or a Ph.D, so they are very well educated. Also, 10-25% of the reported amount is housing in many/most cases.

_____________________________________________

For the past 20 years Leadership Network has taken a salary survey
of roughly 100 churches in their network. These churches would tend to
be seen as those with influence and innovation that are leaders in the
church world. This info may be helpful in negotiating your next raise
or you may want to keep this hidden if you are being paid too much! The
complete salary survey is also available under Special Reports on the
Leadership Network Website:
http://www.leadnet.org/specialreports.asp

Church Size
The smallest church in the survey had an average weekend worship attendance of 800.
The largest church in the survey had an average weekend worship attendance of 8000.
The average (mean) church attendance was 2942.
The median (midpoint of data set) was 2252.

Annual General Budget Income

The number reported is the actual income for the last fiscal year:
The lowest to income reported was $1,800,000.
The highest income reported was $17,588,121.
The median income was $3,875,000.
The average income was $5,210,427.


Salary Levels
The
survey asked for cash salary plus housing allowances for various roles.
It does not include other benefits that are often a sizeable part of a
minister’s compensation package. In addition, many churches have
“Directors” which are not labeled “ministers” but serve in an
equivalent role. Where there was role equivalency, these numbers were
included in the survey.

Senior Pastor
• Average $130,004
• Median $126,900
Low $ 84,000
High $192,400

Executive Pastor
• Average $97,803
• Median $96,000
Low $61,437
High $167,300

Associate Pastor
• Average $ 80,441
• Median $ 78,850
Low $ 52,200
High $ 125,000

Worship Pastor
• Average $ 72,454
• Median $ 73,000
Low $ 36,000
High $ 115,900

Teaching Pastor
• Average $ 70,690
• Median $ 62,150
Low $ 47,000
High $ 126,200

Operations Director
• Average $ 71,607
• Median $ 75,000
Low $ 47,400
High $ 100,000

Business Administrator
• Average $70,690
• Median $70,200
Low $41,640
High $121,000

Equipping Pastor
• Average $ 70,300
• Median $ 74,000
Low $ 40,000
High $ 92,500

Director of Programming
• Average $ 69,653
• Median $ 56,650
Low $ 38,720
High $ 115,000

Family Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 69,180
• Median $ 71,475
Low $ 53,098
High $ 90,000

Small Groups Pastor
• Average $ 68,564
• Median $ 63,655
Low $ 43,700
High $ 150,000

Missions Pastor
• Average $ 67,370
• Median $ 66,000
Low $ 25,000
High $ 130,000

Pastoral Care Pastor
• Average $ 64,514
• Median $ 65,000
Low $ 36,000
High $ 90,000

Men’s Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 62,657
• Median $ 56,300
Low $ 50,000
High $ 78,000

Outreach Pastor
• Average $ 60,300
• Median $ 60,000
Low $ 30,000
High $ 100,800

Student Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 55,961
• Median $ 52,929
Low $ 40,000
High $ 74,000

Children’s Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 55,026
• Median $ 53,525
Low $ 35,000
High $ 78,000

Women’s Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 53,758
• Median $ 56,340
Low $ 26,000
High $ 72,400

High School Pastor
• Average $ 51,152
• Median $ 53,100
Low $ 32,287
High $ 69,000

Church Technology Director
• Average $ 51,070
• Median $ 51,000
Low $ 25,000
High $ 87,000

Communications Director
• Average $ 50,277
• Median $ 47,200
Low $ 26,000
High $ 82,000

Media Director
• Average $ 49,508
• Median $ 51,500
Low $ 37,507
High $ 60,200

Human Resources Director
• Average $ 47,087
• Median $ 45,000
Low $ 31,000
High $ 70,484

Middle School Pastor
• Average $ 45,845
• Median $ 46,000
Low $ 27,500
High $ 62,500

Younger Children’s Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 45,714
• Median $ 40,000
Low $ 32,000
High $ 66,800

Older Children’s Ministry Pastor
• Average $ 40,050
• Median $ 40,050
Low $ 37,600
High $ 42,500

2 comments:

Bruno W said...

Gary McIntosh states in "One Size Doesn't Fit All" that 95% of churches have an attendance of 800 people or less (80% have attendance of 200 or less). So statistically speaking, very few pastors will be paid these kinds of figures. Hopefully, that isn't a discouragement.

mrclm said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
I do realize that though Bruno. I would guess it's even higher than 95% but I suppose McIntosh knows more about it than I do. I had a course here at seminary where we spent a good amount of time looking at churches of various sizes and locations, and that gave me a pretty good feel for what is out there. Still, I'd love to work at a larger church, at least for a while, to experience what that is like. I have plenty of small church experience at this point.

Big Chris