ministers’ salaries

Last week, I received in my e-mail inbox the 2006 “Ministers’ Salary Survey.” According to the ACU Ministry Resources Web page:

Dr. Charles Siburt, Vice President for Church Relations at Abilene Christian University, recently administered a nation-wide survey to gather information about current levels of compensation for ministers in the Churches of Christ. This survey was completed by 525 ministers of diverse ages and ministry positions and from churches of all sizes. The survey compares minister compensation packages, including allowances and benefits, as well as comparing number of years in ministry and educational background and experience. With this detailed and diverse set of information, it is difficult to establish any basis for a salary standard. It does, however, document the current compensation range for ministers and provide powerful information for a reassessment and reevaluation of a minister’s compensation package.

You can check out the results in their entirety by clicking here.

A few observations about the salary survey:

&emdash; Pulpit ministers — not surprisingly — are the highest paid ministers in Churches of Christ (this is probably true in most any heritage. To read what I think about our overemphasis on the pulpit guy, read Dan Kimball’s post here)

&emdash; Of 273 Church of Christ pulpit ministers surveyed, 109 make more than $50,000 per year (not including benefits)

&emdash; 32 make more than $75,000 per year base salary (without benefits)

&emdash; 8 make $100,000 or more per year, with one respondent making $142,000 per year (!)
&emdash; Children’s ministers make the least of all ministry positions, with youth ministers coming in a close second-to-last (according to my crude eyeball estimates)

&emdash; I find it interesting — just interesting (meaning not “bad” or “good,” necessarily) — that ACU provides this compensation survey to ministers. Just seems like a strange “service” to offer those who have given themselves to full-time ministry.

I find these statistics interesting, to say the least. What do you think?


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