Salary scales and information for Ministers of Religion

by Southeastern District on June 23, 2022

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:

Salary & Benefits Guidelines for Professional Church Workers

2023 OM 330 Announcement - updated 06/2022

2023 Salary Scale - Congregations - updated 06/2022 (DCE, DCO, Pastor, SMP, Director of Music)

2023 Salary Scale - Schools - updated 06/2022 (Teachers, Early Childhood Directors)

Salary Guidelines exhibits -  PDF (updated 09/2020)

Suggested Compensation Guidelines for Pulpit Supply/Organist/Lecturer Services - PDF (updated 06/01/2021)

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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