The 2018-2019 Layman’s Salary Study is available now at alsbom.org/ccs. Click on the Resources tab. To obtain more data concerning a particular position, click on the national study at the same website. There you can select one state, certain states or all states.
Observations about the 2018 Study:
Nationally, Full-Time Pastors received a 3.8% raise compared to 4.6% inflation over a two-year period. When benefits are also considered, the increase is 4.4%. In Alabama, FT pastors received a larger increase and are ahead of the national average in salary and housing, but are about 10% behind in benefits.
Bivocational pastors are 10% behind in salary and 45% behind in benefits compared to the national average. There was a slight salary decrease over the past two years.
Nationally, other ministerial staff received a 1.5% increase over two years. In Alabama, staff ministers received a 6% increase over two years ahead of their national counterparts.
Here is the link to the 2018 LifeWay Research report: https://lifewayresearch.com/2018/08/30/sbc-pastor-salaries-not-keeping-pace-with-inflation/
Also, the Social Security Administration has just announced that the cost of living adjustment to begin in January will be 2.8%. Many churches use this as an indication of inflation for the year and one of the factors in determining raises for the new year.
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