Average Pay for the Senior Pastor?

What is the average pay for a senior pastor these days?

Well, of course, it depends… on your experience, the size of your church, and what sex you are.

According to the 2012-2013 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff (which surveyed about 4,600 churches and 8,000 church positions), the average senior pastor overall makes…

[drum roll please]…


That’s up from last year’s average salary of $80,745.

Another interesting finding is that women church employees (senior pastor or otherwise) make on average 28% LESS than men across all paid positions in the church.

QUESTION:  Regardless of your position on women in ministry (at least in Senior roles), is it OK for women working in vocational ministry to make 28% less then their male counterparts?

Why or why not?

Take a look at your personnel expenses… Do you pay your women staff members less then your male staff members in equal or near equal positions?

Let us know your thoughts below…




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