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Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Entry-Level Senior Pastors pull down an average of $43K per year. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in four collect dental insurance. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$20,505 - $69,198
MEDIAN: $43,015

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$20,505 - $69,198  
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$20,812 - $70,127  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 466
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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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salaries

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


National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.


4 %
96 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 53% dental benefits Dental: 25%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 46%