Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

Entry-Level Senior Pastors pull down an average of $45K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to a little more than half, and one in four earn dental coverage. Entry-Level Senior Pastors largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,389 - $71,290

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$20,389 - $71,290  
$0.00 - $11,836  
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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).
$20,668 - $72,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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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 75 votes.


4 %
96 %

Common Health Benefits

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