2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey

Ministers and church employees were invited to participate in the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey: a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. The survey was closed on May 31 2016. Survey results will be released this summer. Survey participants will receive advance notification of the results and can begin to access the data upon notice.

Each Southern Baptist church employee who participated in the survey plays a vital role in building one of the largest databases of church compensation information in the United States. Survey results provide a baseline of compensation data among similar-sized churches within each state convention. Therefore, a higher number of participants leads to a more accurate baseline of compensation data. Survey results are not reported individually and compensation/benefit information can be contributed ananymously. 

To view past survery results from 2014, please visit http://compstudy.lifeway.com/

The 2014 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 12,000 respondents from all 42 state conventions.

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