Understanding the Data

Where does ChurchSalary’s data come from?

ChurchSalary continuously collects data through our online survey. We also partner with organizations such as the Barna Group and Clarity Research to capture the most detailed, up-to-date compensation information possible.

With more than 21,000 survey records collected, validated, and analyzed from almost 13,000 churches across the country, our data delivers accurate, up-to-date market pricing information for 18 unique job titles. 

Here's a quick summary of our data collection methodology:


COLLECT: ChurchSalary collects data from our own National Church Compensation Survey as well as from organizations such as the Barna Group and YP Comp Pros.

VALIDATE: Salary profiles are funneled through several layers of filters to prevent invalid data from getting into our active database. Our partnership with Clarity Research allows us to ensure statistical validity of delivered results.

ANALYZE: Data is filtered and analyzed primarily based on position, employment status, church budget, and church size. In addition, criteria such as experience, education, and geographical settings are used to filter and analyze salary data in every report.

DELIVER: Insights specific to customer’s needs are presented in custom reports which we be viewed either through our online interface or downloaded as a PDF. Members and registered users are able to save, label, and organize their reports.

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