Report Reveals Salaries of Megachurch Pastors

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.

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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.

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3 Responses to Report Reveals Salaries of Megachurch Pastors

  1. dan says:

    I never really thought that people seriously went into a career of being a pastor with a goal of getting rich. At some point, shouldn't they be giving back surplus money rather than soliciting and collecting ever more? "Just say, 'No!' "

    Also, I'm not a tax expert, but do they get tax breaks and certain exemptions for being ministers?

  2. Tim says:

    U will not make that amount in my entire lifetime!

  3. Tim says:

    I… I will not make that amount in my entire lifetime.

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