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Minimum Salary for 2021

The Book of Discipline states that elders in full connection shall receive no less than the base compensation established by the Annual Conference (342.1).  In our Annual Conference, the Commission on Equitable Compensation proposes this minimum salary, and it is set by the Annual Conference.  Our Conference extends this standard to all clergy appointed full-time, not just to elders.  Housing, pension, and insurance benefits may not be included in calculating if the church is paying this minimum compensation.

 

For 2021, the following minimum salary standards apply.

 

Year 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
% increase over previous year 2.5% 2% 2.5% 2.5% 3.0%
           
Full Conference Members  $  47,077  $  45,929  $  45,028  $  43,930  $  42,859
Probationary and Associate Members  $  42,271  $  41,240  $  40,431  $  39,445  $  38,483
Full-time Local Pastors  $  39,625  $  38,658  $  37,900  $  36,976  $  36,074
Retired Supply  $     2,000  $     2,000  $     2,000  $     2,000  $     2,000
           
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:          
Spouse or first dependent, if not married  $        700  $        700  $        700  $        700  $        700
First dependent if married (second if not married)  $        600  $        600  $        600  $        600  $        600
Each additional dependent  $        500  $        500  $        500  $        500  $        500

 

 

For Additional Benefits, the term dependent means "is a dependent on the pastor's tax return."

 

Note that Retired Supply category is a salary supplement, not a minimum standard.  When a Retired United Methodist minister serves a church, the Commission may supplement his/her salary if needed up to $2,000.  The amount of the supplement is determined by the work load, upon the recommendation of the District Superintendent who consults with the pastor and the church.

 

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