Senior Pastor Salary

A Senior Pastor earns an average salary of $55,983 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$28,646 - $90,149
MEDIAN: $55,983

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$28,888 - $91,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,965
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Job Description for Senior Pastor

The senior pastor of a church is responsible for providing spiritual leadership and pastoral care to the members of his or her church. They serve as the chief administrator, overseeing all administrative functions for the church.


Senior Pastor Tasks

  • Provide a strong Church pastoral presence through teaching, pastoral guidance, and ministerial duties.
  • Develop areas for strategic growth and to strengthen key ministry areas.
  • Serve as the spiritual leader of the Church and foster leadership within the congregation.
  • Build relationships within the Church and the general community.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,487

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Senior Pastor Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Pastor?

Senior Pastor in Minneapolis:
"It is extremely time consuming and stressful but a blessing."
Pros: Leading team, preaching, teaching, consulting and watching lives being transformed in the name of Jesus.
Cons: Stress, cultural baggage, unhealthy expectations, and people's false sense of entitlement.

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Experience Affects Senior Pastor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Pastor Salaries

Team Leadership
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Organizational Development
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Strategic Planning
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Public Speaking

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Worship Planning and Leading
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Project Management
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Operations Management
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 541 votes.


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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 34%