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Salary and Fair Compensation for Congregational Staff
Salary Recommendations for Congregational Staff
Benefits & Compensation for Congregations

The UUA provides Salary Recommendations to assist you in offering appropriate pay to your employees. They should guide, but not limit, congregational compensation decisions. Our intent is to help you attract and retain excellent staff, as well to urge you to be a faithful employer—one whose compensation and other staffing practices align with your mission and values as a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

We are here to help, as are your regional Compensation Consultants.

Guidance for Using UUA Salary Recommendations

  • Guide to Salary Recommendations (PDF): This resource will assist you in understanding and using the Salary Recommendations in your specific context.
  • Strategies for Setting Staff Salaries: View these slides from a webinar presented by Jan Gartner. Topics include Compensation Program history, development of Salary Recommendations, using Recommendations, complications and challenges, and sources of support.

Salary Recommendations and Related Resources

UUA Salary Recommendations for 2019-2020

  • Salary Recommendations have increased by 1.8% for 2019-2020. This is an important factor to take into consideration when adjusting salaries for continuing staff.
  • Although all of our salary guidelines are consistent with the federal minimum wage, some salaries may not meet all state and local wage laws. Please be aware of minimum and living wage laws in your area.
  • We have added a Director of Finance and Administration job for Midsize III and above, with a salary 10% higher than Business Administrator. See Capsule Job Descriptions.

Salary Charts

UUA Salary Recommendations for 2018-2019

Although all of our salary guidelines are consistent with the federal minimum wage, it is possible that some salaries do not meet all state and local wage laws. Please be aware of minimum or living wage laws in your area.

About the Author

  • As Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager in the Office of Church Staff Finances, Jan Gartner helps congregations live out their values through their employment relationships and attends to the financial well-being of their staff. She oversees the Compensation Program,...

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