A Senior Pastor earns an average salary of $57,095 per year.

$29,539 - $93,809
(Median)
$30K
$57K
$94K
MEDIAN: $57,095
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$9.07 - $39.73
(Median)
$9
$16
$40
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$29,539 - $93,809  
   
Bonus
$511 - $19,762  
Profit Sharing
$11,475  
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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$29,736 - $94,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,040
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $39.73  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$511 - $19,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,475  
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).
)
$29,736 - $94,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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.

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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 by Experience Level for Senior Pastor

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,536

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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


National Average
$58,000




Skills That Affect Senior Pastor Salaries

Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

Public Speaking
0%

Administration
0%

National Average
$58,000

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Preaching
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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