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Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Senior Pastors sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Most people in this position report feeling highly satisfied with their jobs. Medical benefits are awarded to over one-half, and around one in four earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,301 - $70,432
MEDIAN: $44,664

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$20,301 - $70,432  
$0.00 - $11,665  
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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).
$20,687 - $71,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404

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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
up arrow 16%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 9%

Organizational Development
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Team Leadership
up arrow 7%

Operations Management
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.


4 %
96 %

Common Health Benefits

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