Large Church Salary Resources

This page lists several resources, starting with the most current — each full of trends, benchmarks, comparisons and other insights about salary, staffing, budget and other financial issues.

2016 Salary Survey Now Closed – With Public Report Coming in August

It’s our largest response ever for the Leadership Network 2016 Large Church Salary, Staff and Budget Survey. We closed it in early June, and now are painstakingly analyzing the data for trends, ratios, benchmarks and other insights designed to help church leaders. Our initial tally indicates over 1,500 churches participated – mostly US, but also Canadian, South African and elsewhere.

Those who participated will receive the first wave of the findings – such as webinars with Q&A sessions. Then we’ll distribute a free, public executive summary to them and anyone else who is interested – sometime in August. But those who took the survey will also receive a free expanded report with census data integration. That second report will be available for sale to all others, also in August.

In addition, we have other “bonus” reports in mind, which will go to the survey participants first, for free, and then be made available to others. We find the greatest incentive we can offer people to participate in our surveys is to give them findings first and free, with some of that feedback being offered only to those who participate. Plus, we also sometimes offer gift cards to randomly selected participants, and that’s a nice bonus as well!

When the free executive summary goes public in August, we’ll announce it via blog, Leadership Network Advance, and Twitter.

If you’d like to be part of future surveys, simply update your Leadership Network profile here, checking the “surveys” line at very bottom. Or if you have any other questions or comments, please contact us at Thank you.


Other Reports Available

Leadership Network/Vanderbloemen 2014 Large Church Salary Report: An Executive Summary of Research Trends in Compensation and Staffing

The 2014 update of our alternate-year survey on large churches, likely the most comprehensive financial perspective available anywhere on churches 1,000 to over 30,000 in attendance. Features include:

• Over 25 unique illustrations, many broken down by church size or church budget ranges.
• The body of the report is framed by questions, most as actual questions we’ve been asked by our clients. Each short response is accompanied by a short narrative and often a graphic.

2014 Large Church Salary Report Graphics

A supplement to the Leadership Network/Vanderbloemen 2014 Large Church Salary Report, this PDF slide show contains of all the graphics from our report.

Custom Compensation Analysis for Your Church Staff

How much should you be paying your pastor? Are you paying your pastor enough to meet the cost of living in your area? Most churches have no idea what a fair compensation package is for their pastor or any member of their church staff.


Inside Job: Large Church HR Directors Offer Unique Perspective on Their Work

The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches: Trends Driving the Budgets and Staffing Activities of North America’s Biggest Congregations

This report, published February, 2013, contains new research from our Fall 2012 Economic Outlook Survey, as well as previously unreleased information from our 2012 Salary Survey.

2012 Large Church Salary Report Research Trends from Leadership Network

An insider’s look at the salary trends from 209 “game changer” churches across North America. Most are influential, many on a national scale. The vast majority are also innovation leaders in one or more areas of their ministry. This report is based on data collected from the Leadership Network 2012 Salary Survey – Senior Positions in Very Large Churches.

2010 Large Church Salary and Benefits Report: An Illustrated Leadership Network Research Study

Our every-other-year salary survey profiles over 250 large churches (with an average weekend worship attendance of at least 1,000 adults and children) on compensation issues.

2010 Large Church Economic Outlook Report: North American Megachurches Are Holding Steady During the “Great Recession”

The second installment of the Leadership Network’s 2010 Large Church Salary Survey, this illustrated report highlights current trends and forecasts, all in light of the current economic downturn.

2010 Large Church Finances and Staffing Report: Comparing Church Finances by Geography and Gender

The third installment of the Leadership Network’s 2010 Large Church Salary Survey, this report drills down on several financial particulars such as changes by geography and gender.

Lean Staffing: Churches That Handle Staff Costs in Under 35% of Budget

Highlights from of a Leadership Network study of churches we describe as “lean staff” – where 35% or less of the total budget goes to staff costs.

2008 Leadership Network Salary and Economic Outlook Report

The 2008 update of our bi-annual salary survey.