Equitable Compensation

2021 EQUITABLE (MINIMUM) COMPENSATION GUIDELINES

Updated September 13, 2020

2021 Denominational Average Compensation = $74,199

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. (2021 =$44,519.40)

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. (2021 = $43,035.42)

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. (2021 = $40,809.45)

The recommended Cost of Living Increase according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2021 is 1.6%. 

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.

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