Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Entry-Level Senior Pastors take home approximately $46K per year on average. Nearly one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly one in four collect dental insurance. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,453 - $74,879
MEDIAN: $45,894

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$20,453 - $74,879  
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$20,605 - $75,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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Senior Pastor Advice

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

Senior Pastor in Prince George:
"Senior Pastor."
Stay connected with God though prayer. Study the Bible often. Stay fresh on leadership teaching. Learn what church are doing now. Keep improving your people skills.

Senior Pastor in Lancaster:
"Skill Set Needs."
Get experience in as many different skill sets as possible, especially those outside the fields of religious and theology.

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 Senior Pastor 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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Operations Management
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Project Management
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Public Speaking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.


4 %
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 49%