Understanding the Data

There isn’t data for my position. What should I do?

We work hard to gather compensation data for all positions. That said, gathering data for certain positions is easier for some (e.g., senior pastors) than for others (e.g., custodians). If data for a paid position in the church is not available, you can do three things.

  1. Share your data! Take our National Church Compensation Survey. Chances are, you are not alone. Help us help other people in your situation by sharing your data.
  2. Find the closest possible position from our list of 18 options. Job titles vary widely between churches, so read the descriptions for each and pick the closest possible match.
  3. You may need to look for salary data from secular or nonprofit organizations. Consider starting with salary data at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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