2017 Standard Base Salary

Part 1 of the compensation formula is the Standard Base Salary. The formula starts at $38,745 (the 2017 figure), and you then add to it based upon the pastor’s education and experience, the size of the congregation, and the number of staff supervised. Remember: this is only a minimum recommendation.

Part 2, “Benefits, Expenses, & Notes,” is an integral part of the salary recommendation. Don’t stop with this page.

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Standard Base Salary

Standard Base Salary (SBS):

Note: The minimum base salary will change each year.

$38,745

1. Experience Factor

Add 1% of SBS per year of service, up to 25 years of service.

$___________

2. Education Factor (select one)

1) Add 10% of SBS for a Master’s degree

2) Add 15% of SBS for second Masters or M/Div. (or equivalent)

3) Add 20% of SBS for an earned doctorate

$___________

3. Attendance/Staff Size Factor

Add appropriate factor of SBS for your local church situation.

$___________

Attn/Staff: 0 1-2 3-4 5-+
0-100 .00 .03 .06 .10
101-200 .03 .06 .10 .15
201-350 .06 .10 .15 .21
351-500 .10 .15 .21 .28
501- + .15 .21 .28 .36+
The decimal figures are percentages. Multiplying by .03 means adding 3% of SBS.

Attendance: the annual average morning worship attendance.

Staff: include all paid fulltime and part-time staff for which the pastor has supervisory responsibility.

Adjusted Standard Base Salary:

$___________

4. Additional Considerations

Considerations for compensation in addition to the Adjusted Standard Base Salary:

  • Overall ministry performance and effectiveness.
  • Adjustments to reflect higher than average costs of living in the local ministry area.

$___________

Actual Salary Compensation:

$___________

Proceed to Part 2, “Additional Notes