First, for going into denominationally specific topics. Those who are from other denominations, I would love to hear from you. And please let me know if there are studies in other denominations related to equal pay.
Second, for not making much sense. I have a cold, and I took some medicine that usually makes me feel better. At night. But, it’s daytime. I’ve slept a lot, and now I’m just kind of groggy and dizzy and awake and not making much sense….
But I did want to add a bit of an addendum to my last post, lifting up some of the pay equity facts in this report.
Full-time pastors, with 10 or less years of service, interesting facts:
•The wage gap is less with smaller churches (which makes sense, they are closer to the minimum), the gap gets larger with larger churches.
•There are more men at churches with 50 members or less (80% are men, 20% are women)
•Most women Solos and Heads of Staff serve congregations with 51 to 200 members.
•The worst gap is with women, who pastor churches with 501 to 1,000 members. Women make $50,038 and men make $71,128 (a whopping 21K difference).
Full-time pastors with 11 or more years of service, highlights:
•The most interesting thing is that there are not many women in this category. They make up 22% of the people serving churches of 50 or less, but that’s their strongest showing.
•Women make up less than 1% of pastors of churches of 1,500 members or more.
•Again, the pay gap is less with smaller churches, and it gets higher with larger ones. Men make about $7,000 more than women in churches from 201-1,000. Men make almost $14,000 more at churches from 1,001 to 1,500.
•There are more male Associates than female Associates.
•Again, the worst gap is with the 1,500+ congregations. There is a $6,000 gap between the men and the women.
What can we learn? Well, I guess if you’re a woman who’s going to a larger church, then negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.