Salary scales and information for Ministers of Religion

by Southeastern District on April 05, 2018

LCMS Salary Calculator: Ministries can now generate a compensation estimate for positions in both the Parish Professional and Pastoral segments. Concordia Plan Services has developed an online tool that is accessible to all congregations and schools. The output document for each compensation estimate includes extensive information about other compensation considerations including core benefits, time off considerations, salary and tax issues and more. 

  • To access the tool for pastors and parish professionals, visit: (note: log in information is at the bottom of the web page.)
  • To access the tool for elementary, middle and high school teachers, preschool and assistant teachers, childcare and assistant teachers, head administrators/principals, assistant administrators/principals and early childhood directors, visit:

Southeastern District  Salary Guidelines and recommended starting salary information my be found on the following links

2021 Salary Scale - congregations - updated 09/2020 (DCE, DCO, Pastor, SMP, Director of Music)

2020 Salary Scale - Congregations - updated 07/2019 (DCE, DCO, Pastor, SMP, Director of Music)

2021 Salary Scale Schools - updated 09/2020 (Teachers, Early Childhood Directors)

2020 Salary Scale Schools - updated 07/2019 (Teachers, Early Childhood Directors)

Salary Guidelines - worksheets are in the exhibit link - salary scales are above. Updated 09/2018

Salary Guidelines exhibits -  PDF (updated 09/2020)

Taxes and Ministers - A resource on tax issues for ordained and commissioned ministers. (This is a downloadable PDF of the booklet resource found on the LCMS webpage for Church Office Administration Resources - please scroll to the bottom for the latest version of Taxes and Minsters)

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