The average salary for an Associate Pastor is $47,109.
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Job Description for Associate Pastor
An associate pastor works alongside an executive or senior pastor in larger congregations. The associate pastor typically must be an ordained minister within the denomination or faith of the church. That ordination normally requires at least a bachelor’s degree, but sometimes also requires post-graduate work in divinity studies from an accredited school or bible colleges. The associate pastor helps prepare worship services with the senior pastor. They usually fill a liaison role to lay liturgy …Read more
Associate Pastor Tasks
- Develop, guide, and manage small group leaders.
- Offer and provide general pastoral support.
- Assist in leading worship ceremonies.
- Foster a culture of life-long disciple creation.
Popular Employer Salaries for Associate Pastor
The top respondents for the job title Associate Pastor are from the companies Baptist Church, Christian Church and First Baptist Church. Reported salaries are highest at Cornerstone Church where the average pay is $68,784. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include First Baptist Church and Community Church, earning around $52,381 and $50,571, respectively. Baptist Church pays the lowest at around $35,000. Christian Church and First Christian Church also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $41,763 and $46,000, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Associate Pastor
Skills in Public Speaking, Leadership, Team Leadership and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Counseling.
Pay by Experience Level for Associate Pastor
An entry-level Associate Pastor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,940 based on 103 salaries. An early career Associate Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $41,150 based on 366 salaries. A mid-career Associate Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,260 based on 394 salaries. An experienced Associate Pastor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,074 based on 358 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $56,150.
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Employees with Associate Pastor in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 18.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (11.4% more) and Charlotte, North Carolina (11.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (2.3% less).
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