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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a senior pastor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $18.7 an hour? That's $38,888 a year!

What Does a Senior Pastor Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a senior pastor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 18.0% of senior pastors included community outreach, while 9.8% of resumes included clinical pastoral, and 6.5% of resumes included small groups. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the senior pastor job title. But what industry to start with? Most senior pastors actually find jobs in the non profits and professional industries.

How To Become a Senior Pastor

If you're interested in becoming a senior pastor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 43.8% of senior pastors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 27.7% of senior pastors have master's degrees. Even though most senior pastors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a senior pastor. When we researched the most common majors for a senior pastor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on senior pastor resumes include associate degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a senior pastor. In fact, many senior pastor jobs require experience in a role such as associate pastor. Meanwhile, many senior pastors also have previous career experience in roles such as pastor or chaplain.

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Average Salary
$38,888
Average Salary
Job Openings
318
Job Openings

Senior Pastor Career Paths

Top Careers Before Senior Pastor

Pastor
17.5 %

Top Careers After Senior Pastor

Pastor
19.8 %
Chaplain
18.6 %

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Average Salary for a Senior Pastor

Senior Pastors in America make an average salary of $38,888 per year or $19 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $59,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $25,000 per year.
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Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Brea, CA
Salary Range45k - 68k$56k$55,855
Avondale, AZ
Salary Range38k - 57k$47k$46,664
Temple, TX
Salary Range35k - 55k$44k$44,230
New Haven, CT
Salary Range32k - 55k$42k$42,379
Marietta, GA
Salary Range33k - 52k$42k$41,511
Clovis, NM
Salary Range30k - 45k$37k$36,995
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$30,00003/07/2020
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Albert Senior Day Center LLC
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12/13/2019
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$36,00012/13/2019
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Enid Korean Church of Grace
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11/08/2019
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$44,00011/08/2019
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Yountville Community Church
Yountville Community Church
09/03/2019
09/03/2019
$75,58709/03/2019
$75,587
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Yountville Community Church
Yountville Community Church
08/29/2019
08/29/2019
$75,58708/29/2019
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Senior Pastor Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Senior Pastor. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

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At Zippia, we went through countless Senior Pastor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Senior Pastor Demographics

Gender

male

86.9 %

female

8.5 %

unknown

4.7 %

Ethnicity

White

74.7 %

Black or African American

10.1 %

Hispanic or Latino

8.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.7 %

French

8.7 %

Portuguese

4.7 %
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Senior Pastor Education

Majors

Theology
40.6 %

Degrees

Bachelors

43.8 %

Masters

27.7 %

Certificate

10.8 %

Top Colleges for Senior Pastors

1. Emory University

Atlanta, GA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,306
Enrollment
6,975

2. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,464
Enrollment
9,639

3. Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$48,522
Enrollment
6,557

4. North Park University

Chicago, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$29,860
Enrollment
1,967

5. Brescia University

Owensboro, KY • Private

In-State Tuition
$22,100
Enrollment
918

6. Saint Thomas University

Miami Gardens, FL • Private

In-State Tuition
$31,830
Enrollment
986

7. Fordham University

Bronx, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$52,687
Enrollment
9,392

8. Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$38,178
Enrollment
6,008

9. Southeastern University

Lakeland, FL • Private

In-State Tuition
$25,870
Enrollment
5,570

10. Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$32,000
Enrollment
2,010
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Top Skills For a Senior Pastor

  • Community Outreach, 18.0%
  • Clinical Pastoral, 9.8%
  • Small Groups, 6.5%
  • Overseer, 5.9%
  • Bible Study, 4.0%
  • Other Skills, 55.8%
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Best States For a Senior Pastor

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a senior pastor. The best states for people in this position are California, Maine, Hawaii, and Arizona. Senior pastors make the most in California with an average salary of $56,089. Whereas in Maine and Hawaii, they would average $50,682 and $46,973, respectively. While senior pastors would only make an average of $46,603 in Arizona, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. California

Total Senior Pastor Jobs:
8
Highest 10% Earn:
$81,000
Location Quotient:
1.7
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Maine

Total Senior Pastor Jobs:
0
Highest 10% Earn:
$82,000
Location Quotient:
0
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Texas

Total Senior Pastor Jobs:
6
Highest 10% Earn:
$66,000
Location Quotient:
1.84
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Senior Pastor Employers

1. Calvary Hill Baptist Church
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$38,174
Senior Pastors Hired: 
70+
2. New Life
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$40,879
Senior Pastors Hired: 
23+
3. Trinity Christian School
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$40,663
Senior Pastors Hired: 
22+
4. Bethany Church
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$44,001
Senior Pastors Hired: 
18+
5. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$45,176
Senior Pastors Hired: 
18+
6. Christ's Church Of The Valley
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$32,739
Senior Pastors Hired: 
13+

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Updated October 2, 2020