UUA Compensation Program
Unitarian Universalism is grounded in justice, equity, and compassion for others. Make sure that your congregation is living these values within your own walls through your employment relationships. This page contains information about the UUA Compensation Standards, special compensation-related topics, our trained Compensation Consultants, and additional resources.
UUA Compensation Standards
Learn about the three components of the UUA Compensation Standards: 1) legal requirements for pay and benefits administration, 2) salary recommendations, and 3) benefit recommendations.
Compensation and Payroll: Special Topics
Employee or Independent Contractor? This is a critical legal distinction, with implications for benefits, taxes, and more. Nearly all workers in our congregations are employees. See our Employee or Independent Contractor? LeaderLab article and make the appropriate determination for paid workers in your congregation.
Exempt or Nonexempt? The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that protects employees by establishing standards for a minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment. Our Exempt or Nonexempt? LeaderLab article will help you properly classify your employees.
Ministerial Compensation: Are you properly managing ministerial payroll? Read this Ministerial Compensation 101 LeaderLab article to learn about special tax provisions for ministers. Additional resources are available on our Ministerial Compensation page.
Professional Expenses: Items considered usual business expenses are not included in compensation and are not reported for income tax purposes. Learn about allowable expenses and accountable reimbursement plans in our Professional Expense Allowances LeaderLab article.
Trained through the UUA Office of Church Staff Finances, Compensation Consultants are regionally based volunteers who consult with congregations on compensation, including salaries, benefits, employment agreements, and ministerial tax provisions. Find a Compensation Consultant and learn more about what they do.
- W2 Form Instructions (PDF)
- UUA/UUMA Recommended Ministerial Agreement for full-time Senior/Lead/Solo Ministers
- Negotiating an Agreement: Key Considerations for Ministers
- For historical purposes, we are making available To Sustain the Living Tradition, the 1995 report from the Committee on Ministerial and Church Staff Compensation that first introduced UUA Compensation Guidelines.