Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Entry-Level Senior Pastors can expect wages of $45K per year on average. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-half, and nearly one in four earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Senior Pastors is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,498 - $72,475
MEDIAN: $45,233

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$20,691 - $73,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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Senior Pastor Advice

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

Senior Pastor in North Canton:
"Know what you are getting into...."
While I gave a up a significant income for this calling, I didn't realize how much faster life grows than does your salary. Be prepared to have your wife working full time or develop creative ways to do some business on the side.

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 Salaries

People Management
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Organizational Development
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Worship Planning and Leading
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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 62 votes.


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96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 50%