Equitable Compensation

2020 Equitable (Minimum) Compensation Guidelines

2020 Denominational Average Compensation = $72,648

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. (2020 =$43,588.80)

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. (2020 = $42,135.84)

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. (2020 = $39,956.40)

The predicted Cost of Living Increase according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2020 is 2.6% for compensation.

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.