Equitable Compensation

2017 Equitable (Minimum) Compensation Guidelines

A. Minimum salary for Full-Time Elders and Full-Time Deacons appointed to serve a local church is set at 60% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2017 =$41,744)

B. Minimum salary for Full-Time Associate and Probationary Members appointed to serve a local church is set at 58% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2017 = $40,353)

C. Minimum salary for Full-Time Local Pastors appointed to serve a local church is set at 55% of the DAC (Denominational Average Compensation) as calculated annually by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. (2017 = $38,266)

The recommended Cost of Living Increase for 2017 is 2.3%. This range is based on Cost of Living indexes published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Midwest Region of the country – June 2015 to June 2016

Merit/Performance Recommendation:

  • Poor/No increase

  • Fair/.50-1.50%

  • Good/1.51-3.00%

  • Excellent/3.01-4.50%

Please Note: These are recommendations to assist you. The Book of Discipline clearly states that the primary responsibility for determination and payment of pastoral salaries remains with individual pastoral charges.