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Church Staff Statistics


To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who will share in the glory to be revealed.  Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers - not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.  I Peter 5:1-3 (NIV)


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2008 Salary Bands for Senior Pastors and Top 5 Most Likely Direct Reports

(in 000s) Average High Low
Senior/Executive Pastor $139 $300 $35
Executive Pastor $97 $167 $43
Associate Pastor $83 $195 $33
Business Administrator $72 $140 $28
Worship Pastor $74 $139 $33
Executive Assistant $38 $59 $20
Most Common Benefits Offered to Full-Time Employees
Medical Insurance 97%
Dental Insurance 82%
Retirement Account 98%
Long Term Disability 75%
Life Insurance (to $50k) 75%
Cell Phone 66%
Missions Trip Support 55%
Flexible Spending Account 54%
Short Term Disability 50%
Book Allowance 49%
Vision Insurance 45%
Tuition Reimbursement 43%
Ministry or Sabbatical Leave 38%
Supplemental Insurance 36%
Cafeteria Plan 25%
Life Insurance for Dependents 14%
Other Stats:
Average Age of Senior Pastor 49
Average Tenure of Senior Pastor 12 years
Average Total Current Budget $6.1M
Staff Costs as a Percentage of Church Budget 35-65%

Source: Leadership Network 2008 Salary Survey Slide Presentation (this and other information can be found on leadnet.org under 'Resource Links')