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Working As A Senior Pastor

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Pastor Do

A Senior Pastor is the head of a church, who provides pastoral care, supervises the administration and management functions of ministers, and provides spiritual leadership. They also conduct weddings, funerals, and nursing home services as well as elaborate on the policies and procedures of church.

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Senior Pastor Career Paths

Senior Pastor
Adjunct Professor Principal Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Project Manager General Manager
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Owner Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Ambulatory Care Coordinator Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Ambulatory Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Consultant Principal
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Director Of Music Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Director Of Music President
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Owner Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant General Manager President
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Owner Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Owner/Manager Board Member
Board President
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Manager Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Administrator Property Manager Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Office Manager Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Project Manager Founder
Associate Pastor
7 Yearsyrs
Leader President Youth Director
Christian Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Leader Human Resources Manager Recruitment Director
College Director
6 Yearsyrs
Leader Director Education Director
Director Of Communications And Outreach
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$173,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Paradise
Highest Paying City
Clovis, NM
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
8.6 years
How much does a Senior Pastor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Pastor in the United States is $80,677 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Senior Pastor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Pastor The Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church New Haven, CT Aug 20, 2015 $90,179
Senior Pastor The Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church New Haven, CT Sep 09, 2015 $90,179
Senior Pastor Trailblazers International Christian Center Inc. Woodlawn, MD Nov 01, 2012 $84,000
Senior Pastor Northern Illinois Annual Conference Naperville, IL Jul 01, 2012 $73,000
Senior Pastor Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Ch Grand Rapids Mi Grand Rapids, MI Jan 01, 2010 $70,000
Senior Pastor Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Ch. Grand Rapid Mi Grand Rapids, MI Jan 01, 2010 $70,000
Senior Pastor Northeastern Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Brockton, MA Oct 01, 2009 $68,439
Senior Pastor Heaven Dream Church Brea, CA Apr 20, 2011 $65,300
Senior Pastor Heaven Dream Church Brea, CA Nov 16, 2009 $65,300
Senior Pastor Paradise Evangelistic Association, Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 19, 2014 $65,000 -
$70,000
Senior Pastor Paradise Evangelistic Association, Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 19, 2016 $65,000 -
$70,000
Senior Pastor Paradise Evangelistic Association, Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 20, 2014 $64,354
Senior Pastor Peniel Korean Presbyterian Church Willow Grove, PA Sep 01, 2012 $52,175
Senior Pastor Korean Full Gospel Church Clovis, NM Nov 20, 2015 $50,505
Senior Pastor Mt Zion Church Incorporated Yuma, AZ Jul 23, 2012 $50,000
Senior Pastor Bridge Community Church Inc. Glen, NY Sep 09, 2015 $48,000
Senior Pastor Saeronam Evangelical Church of Boston Inc. MA Sep 23, 2010 $48,000
Senior Pastor Saeronam Evangelical Church of Boston Inc. MA Sep 15, 2010 $48,000
SR. Pastor Atlanta Bethel Church Inc. Duluth, GA Jul 28, 2016 $40,414
Senior Pastor New York Joo-Shine Church of Presbyterian NY Oct 31, 2014 $40,290
Senior Pastor/Administor Veritas Household of Faith Magnolia, TX May 01, 2014 $40,000
Senior Pastor/Administor Veritas Household of Faith Magnolia, TX May 01, 2011 $40,000 -
$44,000
Senior Pastor of Mission Church First Baptist Church Garden Lakes Avondale, AZ May 10, 2011 $38,400 -
$40,000
Senior Pastor Korean Evangelical Church of St. Louis Chesterfield, MO Sep 23, 2010 $37,420
Senior Pastor New Jersey Rodem Church Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Dec 01, 2009 $36,710

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Top Skills for A Senior Pastor

  1. Student Ministry
  2. Church Services
  3. Community Outreach
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  • Put together a volunteer staff, outreach program, discipleship program, and fund raising for student ministry.
  • Delivered weekly sermons and supervised the facilitation of weekly church services.
  • Served as CEO of this non-profit organization supervising other staff and ministers in community outreach efforts and organizational leadership.
  • Establish various ministries including Intercessory Prayer Group, Bible Study Group and other Outreach ministries in transient neighborhoods.
  • Facilitate funeral services and provide bereavement and grief counseling for individuals and families.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Pastors

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Wyoming
  4. New Hampshire
  5. California
  6. Connecticut
  7. Georgia
  8. New Jersey
  9. Alaska
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Senior Pastor Demographics

Gender

Male

82.8%

Unknown

9.7%

Female

7.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7%

French

8.7%

Portuguese

4.7%

Dakota

4.7%

German

3.9%

Hebrew

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Greek

2.4%

Dutch

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Swahili

0.8%

Indonesian

0.8%

Slovene

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Akan

0.8%

Yoruba

0.8%

Amharic

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Coptic

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%
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Senior Pastor Education

Schools

Liberty University

19.2%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

11.8%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

7.1%

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

5.8%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

5.6%

Chicago Theological Seminary

5.5%

Asbury Theological Seminary

5.2%

Fuller Theological Seminary

4.7%

Dallas Theological Seminary

4.2%

Nazarene Bible College

3.1%

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

3.0%

Regent University

3.0%

Andrews University

2.9%

Lee University

2.9%

Interdenominational Theological Center

2.8%

Grand Canyon University

2.8%

United Theological Seminary

2.7%

University of Phoenix

2.7%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.7%

Memphis Theological Seminary

2.4%
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Majors

Theology

46.4%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

8.8%

Business

8.0%

Biblical Studies

6.4%

Religion

4.5%

Education

4.1%

School Counseling

4.0%

Psychology

2.9%

Mental Health Counseling

2.5%

Management

1.3%

Educational Leadership

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

History

1.2%

Religious Education

1.2%

Counseling Psychology

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Criminal Justice

1.0%

Family Therapy

1.0%

Philosophy

1.0%

Social Work

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

22.6%

Other

17.5%

Doctorate

12.0%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

2.7%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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