SBC Church Compensation Survey

Ministers and church employees were invited to participate in the SBC Church Compensation Survey: a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. The most recent survey was closed on May 31 2016. Survey participants should have received advance notification of the results and can access the data at this time.

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 the most recent survery results from 2016, please visit

The SBC Compensation Study is 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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