Get a Customized Salary Analysis for Your Senior Level Staff

Starting in 2001, Leadership Network began to conduct surveys related to salary and economic outlook in order to help church leaders, especially those of large and innovative churches. Our most recent 2012 Large Church Salary and Staffing Report represents only the broad brushstrokes of our findings from over 300 churches that submitted salary and staffing data in 2012, as well as comparisons with similar studies going back to 2001.

However, we can also create a customized salary analysis tailored to your church’s size, budget, and other variables. This meets a need for readers who want specific salary numbers for specific roles.

We can provide detailed salary comparisons for churches with attendances from 1,000 to 50,000 to enable you to see how your church compares to others with similar demographics. This would allow you to compare salaries for the most common senior level roles. Drawing from the 50 churches with profiles closest to yours in attendance, budget and number of staff (ideally 25 higher, 25 lower), we can generate customized charts that reports salaries for the senior pastor and up to ten of the most common senior level roles.

Accompanying text and commentary specific to your church will provided by Director of Research and Intellectual Capital, Warren Bird, Ph.D., who has over 20 years of experience working with large churches, and has also collaboratively authored or co-authored 25 books.

Warren graduated with highest honors from Wheaton College (B.A., M.A.), Alliance Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Fordham University (Ph.D.), and is an ordained minister through the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He most recently served on staff at Princeton (N.J.) Alliance Church, an innovative church with a worship attendance approaching 2,000. He has also served as a long-time regularly contributing faculty member at Alliance Theological Seminary.

What Your Report Will Include:

The report highlights four numbers for each role: salaries at the 20th, 40th, 60th and 80th percentile, which many feel is a more helpful and accurate picture than other measures such as the high, low, or midpoint. Each chart will also show how your church compares to the sample group. We will include comparison charts for church budget, size (worship attendance) and number of staff in addition to the customized salary charts for your senior leadership staff–the senior pastor, and up to 10 of the most common roles:

  • Senior/Lead Pastor
  • Executive Pastor/Exec. Director/CEO/ Church Administrator
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Financial/ Business Pastor/Operations/CFO
  • Worship Pastor/Director/Creative Arts/Music
  • Discipleship Pastor/Director/Counseling/Prayer
  • Pastor of Small Groups/ Community
  • Outreach/Missions Pastor
  • Children’s Pastor
  • Youth/Student Pastor

Sample Chart

sample graph

Confidentiality: We will treat any personal data you communicate to us with the same high level of integrity, privacy and confidentiality that we have shown to thousands of Leadership Network clients across our 28 years as an organization. Our reports never identify specific churches, nor an individual’s specific salary. In fact, employee names or other individual identifiers are not even collected. Each church’s responses are highly confidential, and only select individuals in our research department can access the data.

How to Order: Contact Stephanie Jackson stephanie.jackson@leadnet.org or 214-754-9719. Include your attendance, current budget (all funds combined) and number of staff (full time equivalent, but excluding any school personnel, if you sponsor a school). We’ll help you set it up.