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Understanding Your Compensation Report

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When you complete a compensation form, you will receive a report with two charts. The first chart shows where your organization’s compensation for a specific position lies in regard to other organizations with similar attendance. The second chart shows where your organization’s compensation for a specific position lies in regard to other organizations with similar budgets. It is important to note that this data has already been adjusted to account for the cost of living in your area.

When looking at your data, you should take into account your organization’s personal story. For example, if your pastor’s compensation lies in the 15th percentile it does not necessarily mean the pastor is underpaid. Similarly, if your pastor’s compensation lies in the 65th percentile it does not necessarily mean the pastor is overpaid. Rather, it is important to look at this data through the lens of your specific organization. If this is your pastor’s first time being a lead pastor it makes sense that they would not be compensated as the same as someone who has been the head pastor of the church for 30 years. If however, your pastor of 30 years is in the 15th percentile, it is probably time to reevaluate their compensation. 

Compensation is a stewardship decision that comes from those who govern your organization. Our compensation reports are based on real data that shows where your organization falls in regards to other organizations of similar budgets and sizes. We hope this data allows you to be a good steward of your organization’s resources and helps you make important compensation decisions.

The Data You'll Receive

This data will serve as a tool you can use to understand how your church’s compensation (salary + benefits) compares to other churches. The analysis will use 50 data points to show the range in compensation based on both size and budget of your church. 

Compensation Analysis Example

We may not have 50 data points available yet for some roles. In this case, you’ll be provided with as many data points as possible. When interpreting your results, it’s important to keep in mind the number of data points and the range of the data. If you have a large range with few data points, this analysis may not help understand compensation for a specific role in your church. 

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Remember, however, the more people who fill out this survey, the more information we will have, and therefore the more accurate data you will receive. If your PDF is not super helpful when you first fill out the survey, give it some time and try again. Over time, our data will become more useful and accurate as we acquire more data points.

We here at Vanderbloemen are excited to get to provide you with this free compensation report. Thank you for trusting Vanderbloemen and ChristianTeams to help in your staffing decisions.