Senior Pastor Salary (United States)

A Senior Pastor earns an average salary of $51,581 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are People Management and Team Leadership.
Senior Pastor Total Pay (?
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$25,807 - $85,017
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MEDIAN: $51,581
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Senior Pastor Total Pay (?
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$10.07 - $26.12
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$25,807 - $85,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,045  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,961  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,508  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,310 - $86,655  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,953
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $26.12  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,045  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,508  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $9,961  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,310 - $86,655  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,953
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Job Description for Senior Pastor
Senior pastors have many different priorities that they must fulfill. They have several years of experience and observations of other senior pastors. First and foremost, the number one priority for any senior pastor is to invest large amounts of time seeking God's vision, guidance, and blessing for the church. They have to devote themselves to encouraging the church and being a positive thinker. They are the principal communicators of the Word of God and must have impeccable leadership skills. Senior pastors serve as the spiritual leader of the church and foster leadership within the congregation. They also develop areas for strategic growth to strengthen key ministry areas and provide a strong church pastoral presence through teaching, pastoral guidance, and ministerial duties. Senior pastors build relationships within the church and the general community. They also have the responsibility of training new and existing leaders. Senior pastors teach them leadership and provide them with opportunities to practice what they are learning. Senior pastors are also responsible for the church's finances. It is also important for them to create and atmosphere of generous and worshipful giving. The senior pastor sets the tone for the generosity and worship within the church. Senior pastors cultivate relationships with people who are spiritually unresolved. Senior pastors should have a master's degree in religious studies, ministry, divinity, or theology. Experience is always required in order to obtain a senior pastor position. They should be good leaders, good decision makers, and strong orators. Senior pastors work to make their ministry be a more productive place.
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
San Diego
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Charlotte
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Raleigh
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Richmond
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Orlando
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Phoenix
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Minneapolis
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Austin
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Denver
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Sacramento
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National Average
$52,000
Indianapolis
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Experience Affects Senior Pastor Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Senior Pastor Salaries

Preaching
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Teaching
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Administration
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Worship Planning and Leading
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Organizational Development
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Operations Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$52,000
Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
4%
female alumni
 
Male
96%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
40%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 35%
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