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Salaries in the Parish Ministry 2015 Salary Study Available

6/15/2015

The Board annually tabulates the median and average annual effective salary information reported to it for teaching elder members of the Benefits Plan who are serving U.S. congregations.

The most recent Salaries in the Parish Ministry Salary Study (as of May 1, 2015) shows that the median annual effective salary of all
PC(USA) teaching elder members of the Benefits Plan serving U.S. congregations is $56,200, an increase of 1.4 percent when compared to $55,400 one year earlier.

The average annual effective salary of these teaching elders is now $62,103, a 1.2 percent increase from last year’s average of $61,347. View the full study, including a five-year comparison of average annual effective salaries, here.

Median Salaries for 2016 by Employment Classification

Median annual effective salaries are used for dues billing and benefit determinations for the following year. Based on the annual effective salary information reported to the Board as of May 1, 2015, the median full-time salaries for 2016, by employment classification, are:

Employment Classification​Median Effective Salaries ​% Change​
​2016​2015​2016 vs. 2015
​Pastors*​$56,200​$55,400​+1.4%
​Exempt Lay Members​$43,800​$42,800​+2.3%
​Non-Exempt Lay Members​$32,300​$31,200​+3.5%

*While the figures used to calculate the pastors’ median include only teaching elder members of the Benefits Plan serving U.S. congregations, the median applies to all teaching elder members for determining benefits based on effective salary: pension credit accruals, disability benefits, and death benefits.

Pension credits, disability benefits, and death benefits are calculated at the applicable median salary when the member’s total annual effective salary is below the median salary for that member’s employment classification. The median salaries shown above are prorated when making benefit determinations for members working fewer than 35 hours a week.