A friend of mine who serves as an associate pastor for a local church emailed last week to see when our 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff would release. The reason: "I wanted to know if it will be available for our salary calculations this budget season."
Most churches spend half–or more–of their budgets on salaries and benefits for their pastors and staff. Like my friend, many of you will face critical decisions related to compensation in the weeks and months ahead.
Thanks to the diligent work of our team, this resource is already shipping. Fourteen different positions–including newly added data for part-time musicians and part-time childcare providers–are analyzed by a variety of factors, including education, experience, church size, and geography. Included are step-by-step worksheets to help churches tailor this data for their unique circumstances.
We found a number of surprising developments from the latest data. Among them:
- Significant raises for senior pastors.
- A surprising shift in the housing benefits provided to youth pastors.
- Nearly two in five churches report earning an income that exceeds their expenses, a 44-percent increase over two years ago. An equal number (38 percent) report earning an income that meets their expenses this year. This is good for staff members because, on average, 48 percent of a churches' income/budget is devoted to salaries.
- One in four full-time custodians received auto reimbursements in 2013, nearly double that reported in the previous study.
As you evaluate these personnel costs, do you find yourself unsure of where to start? If so, check out Dan Busby's article on how churches can maximize tax-free and tax-deferred benefits for pastors and staff. You can also review our Professional Pack on employment, a collection of downloadable resources that covers compensation-setting, wage-and-hour laws, handbooks, and more.
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