Entry-Level Senior Pastor Salary

The average Entry-Level Senior Pastor can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than one-half, and nearly one in five earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report very high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$23,709 - $74,761
MEDIAN: $48,997

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Salary $23,709 - $74,761
Bonus $306.39 - $9,787
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$23,763 - $74,629
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 274

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Senior Pastor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Pastor in Deland:
"Be Ready."
Pastoring is one of the most rewarding careers anyone could ever embark upon, but it has it's moments of disappointments, and headaches, just make sure it's your passion and you're not in it for financial gain. Out of all your difficulties you'll still have a sense of reward that can only come when you see someone delivered. We have a church, daycare, and school it is stressful, make sure you have staff that are well informed and knowledgeable, it's going to save you a lot of headaches, finally stay focus on you vision.

Senior Pastor in Knoxville:
"Saddle Up! This is the Great Adventure."
Only after you are dead sure of the call to minister, confirmed by a legitimate ordaining body, find a mentor who has a servant heart, is successful at making disciples and pay attention so you learn how to "BE" a pastor beyond just doing pastoral work. Love God first and most! Love your wife and Kids second only to God, and ahead of all others including your pastoral vocation. Lose your wife and kids and you will lose the pastoral ministry to which you are called.

Senior Pastor in Prince George:
"Senior Pastor."
Stay connected with God though prayer. Study the Bible often. Stay fresh on leadership teaching. Learn what church are doing now. Keep improving your people skills.

Senior Pastor in Lancaster:
"Skill Set Needs."
Get experience in as many different skill sets as possible, especially those outside the fields of religious and theology.

Senior Pastor in Raleigh:
"Wait until you retire before going into ministry."
Have a strong outside support network.

Senior Pastor in North Canton:
"Know what you are getting into...."
While I gave a up a significant income for this calling, I didn't realize how much faster life grows than does your salary. Be prepared to have your wife working full time or develop creative ways to do some business on the side.

Senior Pastor in Phoenix:
Leadership and people management is more of a part of this job than I ever imagined.

Key Stats for Senior Pastor


5 %
95 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Senior Pastor Salaries

People Management


Operations Management


Team Leadership

Organizational Development

Worship Planning and Leading

National Average


Project Management

Public Speaking

Network Management / Administration

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


5 %
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 50%