It’s no surprise that pastors make money from what they do, but have you ever wondered how much they make? Well, so have some have a lot of people. I was curious, so I did some digging, and pastors are rich.
Before I get into it, lets just get this straight, I’m not saying pastors shouldn’t earn money from what they do. The Bible is clear that they should.
“…those who preach the gospel should receive their
living from the gospel.” – 1 Corinthians 9:14 NIV
What I’m discussing is just how lucrative the job of pastoring can be. Now, let’s take a look at some numbers.
Let’s start with the median annual income for the average American household. It currently sits at $56,516. It’s worth repeating that that number is for the average household, not individuals. Now, what is the median salary for the average American pastor? It’s a whopping $94,375.
The median pastor makes about 60 percent more than the median household. That’s kind of crazy. But it (not surprisingly) gets even crazier for megachurch pastors. According to The Gospel Coalition, some senior pastors can get as much as $265,000 a year.
“Total cash compensation (including allowances for housing) for senior pastors ranged from $85,000 to more than $265,000, though the majority of the salaries cluster around the $100,000 to $140,000 range.”
Whether you like it or not, pastors are making quite a bit of dough. I think a lot of people don’t realize this. I know a lot of people who think those who work in ministry don’t make much money. And that is pretty true. Unless you’re a pastor.
A worship leader, for example, makes a median salary of $43,000 per year. Not a bad chunk of change, but not even comparable to a pastors earnings.
This article wasn’t meant to bash pastors. Obviously I love pastors, but it was more to inform people. I have assumed for most of my life that pastors didn’t make much money. But according to the data, I was wrong. They make plenty.