What is your experience with salary disparity between Associate Pastors and Senior Pastors? There is disparity, it seems, between male and female clergy. Here‘s some research from The Episcopal Church about that.
There is disparity between pastors of small churches and pastors of large churches. Check out this article.
But I’m very concerned about Senior Pastors who earn twice as much as their Associate Pastor colleagues. Is a 50-something Head of Staff really that much more valuable or working that much harder than the 30-something Associate Pastor? I get it that a pastor fresh out of seminary who has little or no experience preaching, teaching, offering pastoral care, or moderating meetings would earn less than a seasoned pastor at whose desk the buck stops.
But is it just and faithful to pay a Head of Staff $150,000/year while the Associate Pastor earns half that? This is on my mind today.
What’s your experience?