Compensation and Staffing Survey Please Respond by May 31

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Collecting information about actual staff compensation from congregations has been a longtime desire of our team. As we revise our approach to the UUA Salary Recommendations, learning more about current staffing and compensation in our congregations will help ensure that our recommendations are useful and realistic. It is critical for us to collect information from as many congregations as possible, thus we are grateful to you for taking the time to complete the Compensation and Staffing Survey.

We hope that the survey is easy and intuitive, but we know a little guidance can be quite helpful. Below is information to make the survey as easy as possible for you to complete.


A preview (PDF) of the survey is available to assist you.

Time to Allot

Once you gather the needed information, we estimate that it will take you less than 1 minute to enter the congregational information plus 1-2 minutes per employee.

Information to Gather

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

About Your Congregation

About Each Employee*

Please include all employees on your payroll as of May 1, 2022. We know you may have projected changes in positions, hours, or salary changes for the year ahead but, for consistency, we want a snapshot of staffing and compensation at a single moment and have chosen May 1.

  • Name (legal, payroll, or commonly used) – you may enter initials if you prefer
  • Job title (be prepared to refer to our Capsule Job Descriptions (PDF))
  • Full- or part-time (including number of part-time hours and/or part-year months)
  • Pay rate (can be entered as hourly, annually, or per pay period; use salary + housing for ministers)
  • Benefits they are receiving

*Please note that the Compensation and Staffing Survey is intended to collect information for Employees only (i.e. W-2 workers). Information for Independent Contractors (i.e. 1099 workers) should not be entered.

Completing the Survey

Number of Employees

The form is able to accept up to 10 employees at one time. If you have more than 10 employees, you can submit the form more than once or use the Compensation and Staffing Survey (Excel) worksheet. Please email completed worksheets to comp@uua.org.

Be sure to include all employees on your payroll as of May 1, 2022. Do not include independent contractors.

Required Items

Any item with a red star (*) is required. You only need enter your congregation information once, on the first page. Afterwards you just enter your employee’s information. About the specific information:

  • Employee’s job titles are the same that we use for the current Salary Recommendations. As with those recommendations, please select the title that best reflects your employee’s work, in keeping with our Capsule Job Descriptions (PDF). If none of the listed titles apply, there is an “Other” option in each area. You’ll then get an additional field where you can enter your employee’s actual job title.
  • If your employee is part-time or works part-year, additional fields will open to help us understand their employment.
  • If you provide benefits to your employee, an additional field will open. Please check all benefits that apply for the employee. If you provide benefits beyond what is listed, selecting “other” will open an additional field where you can detail those benefits.
  • When you select “yes” to enter another employee, the form will take you to a new page to enter the same information for your next employee. Selecting “No” will submit your completed form.


If you have any questions, please reach out to us at comp@uua.org. Again, we’re most grateful for your participation and happy to assist in any way that we can. Here again is the link to the Compensation and Staffing Survey .

With Gratitude,

Jan and Sean

About the Authors

Sean Griffin

Sean is thrilled to be part of the Compensation Team after serving as Executive Director for a UU congregation in Maryland. Prior to that, he pursued a career in the performing arts working onstage, behind the scenes, and in multiple administrative roles....

Jan Gartner

Jan is passionate about helping congregations live out their values within their walls!...

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