The average pay of a senior pastor serving a Southern Baptist church in America for 2012 was $60,774. That’s for pastors that live in church housing. For those who don’t, the average is more like $72,840. That doesn’t include cash payments that most pastors get as reimbursements (like for mileage, conference reimbursements, books, etc.
That’s the synopsis from SBC Voices.
LifeWay and GuideStone collaborate on the compensation survey. The latest is available here.
Does this strike you as high, low, or just right?