UUA Compensation Program
Unitarian Universalism is grounded in justice, equity, and compassion for others. Let us guide you in ensuring that your congregation is living these values within your own walls through your employment relationships.
- UUA Compensation Guidelines (PDF) articulate overall standards for staff salaries, benefits, and personnel policies.
- This Compensation Worksheet will help you budget for benefits, based on our guidelines.
- Our Salary Recommendations for Congregational Staff will assist you in offering appropriate pay to your employees.
- We also have Salary Recommendations for Interns.
Compensation and Payroll: Special Topics
- The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that protects employees by establishing standards for a minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment. Make sure you are in compliance!
- 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. Our resources will lead you to the appropriate determination for each individual you compensate.
- Ministerial Compensation is complicated. Learn about special tax provisions for ministers to ensure that you are properly managing ministerial payroll.
Compensation Consultants are Unitarian Universalist Association-trained volunteers available to 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.