Salary studies

​We live out our identity as a just, caring community when we provide benefits that enable ministers to devote their best gifts to ministry. Living by the Gospel includes salary study materials to better assist those involved in clergy compensation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The Living by the Gospel appendices include detailed information on effective salary. A graph shows the trends of ordination and newly ordained plan enrollment since 2007. Breakdowns of data by gender, age, position, and congregation size provide callouts:

  • A clear distinction exists between average salaries for men and women across all pastoral positions and congregation sizes.
  • Most PC(USA) churches have fewer than 150 members, and are more likely than larger congregations not to have an installed pastor.

The data is updated and expanded yearly. This provides a way to track progress toward just compensation for all Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers. This progress is needed to renew the leadership of the PC(USA).