The average compensation for a pastor in a Southern Baptist church is about $57,000, including housing allowances but not benefits such as insurance or retirement payments. This is the mean, and salaries vary by the location, size and wealth of the church among many other factors.
There are no binding standards for salaries among the Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention Compensation Survey compiled by GuideStone Financial Resources allows for comparisons across similar job descriptions by state. Salaries vary from around $29,000 to around $153,000. These figures come from a self-selected sample comprising about 3,000 responses between more than 40,000 churches. In general, a pastor makes a little more than a teacher or a police officer and a little less than a nurse.