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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.

For the 2017-2018 program year, we left our Salary Recommendations and Geo Indices at 2016-2017 levels; read about our “catch-up year (PDF).” The Salary Recommendations for 2018-2019 available below reflect a 4% increase for all positions from 2016-2017 levels.

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

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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