The average salary for a lead pastor in a megachurch is $147,000, according to a recent survey.
Salaries for lead pastors go as high as $400,000 to as low as $40,000, Leadership Network reported in its 2010 Large Church Salary and Benefits Report.
Executive pastors at churches that have a weekend attendance of 2,000 or more persons earn, on average, $99,000 a year and worship pastors get paid $75,000.
Meanwhile, high school pastors earn $54,000 and the church technology director earns $58,000. The salary figures do not include the value of benefits.
Personally, I don’t think any pastor should be making $400,000. My pastoral friends Jonathan and Tim in West Texas make about this much I think, maybe just a little less.