Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Senior Pastors sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Just over a half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in four collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$20,438 - $70,964
MEDIAN: $44,903

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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.
$20,438 - $70,964  
$0.00 - $11,814  
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).
$20,811 - $71,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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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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 76 votes.


5 %
95 %

Common Health Benefits

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