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Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Senior Pastors lies in the neighborhood of $44K per year. This field is filled with high levels of job satisfaction; most Entry-Level Senior Pastors are happy with their jobs. Medical benefits are awarded to a little more than half, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$20,257 - $69,672
MEDIAN: $44,136

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$20,257 - $69,672  
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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).
$20,511 - $70,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 420

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Senior Pastor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Pastor in Los Angeles:
"Develop a infrastructure for building a competent staff."
Develop a strong staff and led them rather than an entire congregation.

Senior Pastor in Pensacola:
"How To Negotiate Salary."
Meet with the officials of the church before accepting the position so what is written is understood for both parties.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salaries

People Management
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Worship Planning and Leading
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Organizational Development
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Team Leadership
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Project Management
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Operations Management
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.


4 %
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 47%