Many Episcopal congregations are in the midst of the final decisions from their annual budgets and getting ready for the Annual meeting. What to pay the clergy is always a major question, given the clergy salaries are usually the single largest line item in a congregation’s budget. There’s a wide variance in most dioceses between what clergy make and there are different ways of working out guidelines, if they exist at all. But what about clergy in other denominations? What do their average salaries look like?
“Among the leaders of the world’s major religions, rabbis tend to have higher annual salaries than their Catholic, Christian and Muslim counterparts, according to a new report by Slate.
Both Reform and Conservative rabbis earn an estimated average annual salary of around $140,000, while the median salary for full-time pastors at Protestant churches was just $40,000, the Jewish Daily Forward reports. Catholic priests and Muslim imams make even less, with average salaries of about $25,000 and $30,000 per year, respectively.”
There’s no mention in the article if these numbers include housing allowances, or cash-equivalents for housing provided allowances. That’s probably particularly significant for the Roman Catholic clergy.
For evangelical churches the numbers are little harder to describe. Some clergy make millions, Megachurch senior pastors make an average of nearly $150,000, but there are many more clergy who are working full time jobs so that they can be available for their small congregations.
There’s been a surge in enrollment in Rabbinical schools apparently.