According to the 2012 Large Church Salary Report by Leadership Network, senior pastor salaries rose about 2 percent per year for the last two years. These pastors were found, for the most part, to be leading growing churches. The study is the largest-scale project of its kind. Leadership Network has been conducting salary surveys of large churches since 2001.
“We were the pioneers in doing so,” said Warren Bird, director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network, to The Christian Post.
The network began looking into the salaries of megachurch leaders as many of them asked for salary comparisons with peer churches, Bird noted.
While a previous salary report in 2010 provided specific salary figures (the average salary for a lead pastor in a megachurch in the 2010 report was $147,000), researchers chose not to disclose the exact figures in the latest report that was made public. A second version of the report containing specific salary figures were given to survey participants.
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