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2022 Southern Baptist Convention Compensation Study

The 2022 Compensation Study was a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources, and Lifeway Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data was collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Reports are based on compensation for over 10,000 respondents from 40 state conventions.

While this data is made available with respect for the autonomy of each local church, the information can help a church be objective in considering appropriate staff compensation. Use menu options (left) to view reports based on data from all states or for a selected state convention(s). All amounts are annual amounts based on 2022 compensation. Cost of living adjustments should be made when using the data in subsequent years.

A key feature of this study is the CUSTOMIZED REPORT. It provides reports for only those churches of similar attendance, membership and budget to your own.

CAUTION: Some position categories (Senior Pastor: Interim, Senior Pastor: Part-Time, and Ministerial Staff: Interim) contain a relatively small number of respondents. It would be best to include all of these respondents in reports. Click here for more information about the Compensation Study and its uses.

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