Many pastors and church staff members don’t know whether their pay is fair—but you can change that. If you work for a church, you can help by taking the National Church Compensation Survey (and encouraging others to take the survey, as well!).
Church Law & Tax’s 2018 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff will be created based on the survey results, used in combination with other responses. This resource allows churches to know whether their salaries are fair by comparing them to thousands of other church salaries nationwide. The handbook offers compensation profiles classified by part-time, full-time, church size, income budget, and geographical setting. Each position's compensation levels are presented based on personnel characteristics: including years employed, denomination, region, gender, and educational training.
In addition, the handbook breaks down compensation profiles by categories to easily determine a fair base salary and examines how benefits like retirement, health insurance, housing allowance and parsonage, life insurance, and continuing education contribute to compensation packages.
All survey responses will be treated anonymously and in absolute confidence—and after finishing the survey, you’ll be invited to select one of three free gifts as a “thank you” for your time investment:
- PDF download of 20 Finance Questions Churches Ask
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- PDF download of Stewardship: Living a Life that Counts Bible study
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