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Senior Pastor Salary (United States)

A Senior Pastor earns an average salary of $53,077 per year.
Senior Pastor Salary (?
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$26,966 - $86,720
(Median)
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53K
70K
87K
MEDIAN: $53,077
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Senior Pastor Salary (?
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$8.14 - $26.00
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$26,966 - $86,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $9,536  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$27,722 - $88,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$8.14 - $26.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$10.07 - $9,536  
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).
)
$27,722 - $88,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Pastor

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Pastor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Charlotte
up arrow 44%
San Diego
up arrow 38%
Phoenix
up arrow 26%
Seattle
up arrow 23%
Atlanta
up arrow 17%
Orlando
up arrow 16%
Harrisburg
up arrow 14%
Minneapolis
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Los Angeles
up arrow 11%
Chicago
up arrow 10%
Austin
up arrow 9%
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Houston
up arrow 4%
Dallas
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National Average
$54,000
Milwaukee
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Experience Affects Senior Pastor Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Senior Pastor Salaries

Preaching
up arrow 6%
Project Management
up arrow 3%
Leadership
up arrow 2%
Public Speaking
up arrow 2%
Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 2%
Teaching
up arrow 2%
Administration
up arrow 1%
Operations Management
0%
National Average
$54,000
Counseling
up arrow 1%
Organizational Development
up arrow 1%
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
34%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 33%