Sunday, August 27, 2006

Salary data

There has been a lot of interest recently in what pastors get paid-- specifically, what are some averages of salaries for pastors in the PCA.

(I know this is a bit esoteric, but consider that the PCA is a growing evangelical denomination-- basically what conservative denominations WANT to be-- and so it therefore a "typical" example.)

The Administrative Committee of the PCA does a good job of tracking these stats on an annual basis, and they graciously provided me a copy of their data.  I'm happy to provide a brief summary of that here.

For All PCA churches in the USA-- Senior/Solo Pastorates:
The mean (average) total compensation for 2005: $79,062
Mean cash salary: $41,944
Mean housing allowance: $21,642
Mean benefits: $15,476

The median (mid-point) total compensation for 2005: $76,201
Median cash salary: $23,760
Median housing allowance: $30,000
Median benefits: $22,441

Highest total compensation: $189,609
Lowest total compensation: $24,840

For All PCA churches in the USA-- Assistant/Associate Pastorates:
The mean total compensation for 2005: $74,341
Mean cash salary: $38,093
Mean housing allowance: $21,470
Mean benefits: $14,778

The median total compensation for 2005: $72,126
Median cash salary: $35,427
Median housing allowance: $19,200
Median benefits: $17,499

Highest total compensation: $132,275
Lowest total compensation: $21,000

Other/Non-Ordained Staff:

Youth Leaders:
Mean total compensation: $50,921
Median: $50,434
Highest: $98,200
Lowest: $22,568

Directors of Christian Education:

Mean total compensation: $60,510
Median: $63,332
Highest: $90,019
Lowest: $24,000

Church Business Administrators:

Mean total compensation: $53,107
Median: $51,680
Highest: $119,398
Lowest: $23,060

Music Ministers:

Mean total compensation: $61,783
Median: $63,212
Highest: $121,324
Lowest: $20,200

Stated Supply Preachers:

Mean total compensation: $48,183
Median: $44,300
Highest: $91,632
Lowest: $20,400

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1 comment:

Saville said...

What surprises me the most is how close the mean total package for Sr/Solo pastors is to that of Assistant/Associate pastors. I would have expected a bigger difference.