Ministers’ salaries

Published October 1, 2008

A nationwide (United States) survey of 4,800 churches found the average senior minister makes $81,113 a year, including benefits such as life and health insurance, retirement and education allowances.

Your Church Media Group’s annual survey shows that ministers at churches with between 101 to 300 regular attendees earn $72,664 with benefits.

At churches drawing 301 to 500 people, senior ministers average an inclusive salary of $88,502, while among congregations of 501 to 750 people that increases to $101,623.

In smaller churches, executive and administrative ministers average $60,777, while worship ministers earn $51,954l; this increases to $76,671 and $64,781 respectively at larger churches.


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