Ministers' Salary Survey


In 2004, ACU administered its first Ministers’ Salary Survey. More than 500 ministers, serving in various roles, participated in the first survey. The survey is an ongoing service of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry Charles Siburt initiated the Ministers’ Salary Survey as one of his many efforts to build congregations and their leaders.

Administered annually to compare ministers' compensation packages, including allowances and benefits. The survey also compares years of ministry experience, educational background and other similar factors.

View the results for 2017 here. 

View the results for 2016 here

View the results for 2015 here.

View previous results here


Survey Uses

These surveys serve church leaders in a variety of ways:

  • Church leaders learn about how other churches are structuring the compensation of their ministers.
  • The surveys provide data for comparing the current levels of compensation for ministers in churches of various sizes and in different states.
  • Church leaders, who may be searching for new ministers, will be able to negotiate more consistently in keeping with current salary ranges.