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Average Lead Pastor Salary

$64,414
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,526
Bonus
$5,500
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The average salary for a Lead Pastor is $64,414.
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$40k
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$64k
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$94k
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$312 - $13k
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Job Satisfaction for Lead Pastor

4.7 out of 5
(87)
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The top respondents for the job title Lead Pastor are from the companies Assemblies of God, New Life Christian Church and New Life Community Church. Reported salaries are highest at New Life Community Church where the average pay is $103,990. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Assemblies of God, earning around $62,937. New Life Christian Church pays the lowest at around $56,000. Christian Church also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $59,286.

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What Are Popular Skills for Lead Pastors?

Skills in Leadership, Public Speaking and Team Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership and Counseling.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Lead Pastors?

An entry-level Lead Pastor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,196 based on 7 salaries. An early career Lead Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,977 based on 196 salaries. A mid-career Lead Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $59,247 based on 388 salaries. An experienced Lead Pastor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,939 based on 760 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $72,686.
Employees with Lead Pastor in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 37.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (22.6% more) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (12.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Spring Hill, Florida (15.4% less), Bellingham, Washington (3.7% less) and Chicago, Illinois (2.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,979 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.4%
Early Career
9.9%
Mid Career
19.6%
Experienced
38.4%
Late Career
31.7%