UUA Compensation Standards

Graphic showing Compensation Standards components

In February 2020, the UUA shifted from Compensation Guidelines (salary and benefit recommendations) to Compensation Standards. While we continue to provide recommendations for salaries and benefits, the new UUA Compensation Standards also include legal requirements related to pay and benefits administration as well as process guidance to help ensure that compensation decisions are grounded in equity and transparency.

The three components of the UUA Compensation Standards are described below, with links to related pages and resources.

Legal Requirements for Pay and Benefits Administration

These Requirements Checklists name essential legal must-do's related to pay and benefits administration for which we hold congregations responsible.

Our Benefits Tune-up Workbook (PDF) (Word) walks you through the basics of administering UUA benefits according to Plan requirements. Making use of the Workbook will enable you to complete the Benefits Administration Checklist with ease.

Compensation Process Guidance

Your compensation policies and practices are a way of living your values. We provide process-related recommendations and resources to help you ground your compensation decisions in equity and transparency.

UUA Salary and Benefit Recommendations

Salary Recommendations

UUA Salary Recommendations, based on national wage surveys, aid congregations in paying their employees justly and equitably. Paying well helps employers attract and retain quality staff.

Benefit Recommendations

Benefits are a key component of employee compensation. Congregations adopt UUA Benefit Recommendations to aid in the recruitment and retention of excellent staff, as well as to demonstrate their commitment to the short- and long-term material well-being of their employees.

About the Authors

Jan Gartner

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UUA Office of Church Staff Finances, Ministries and Faith Development

The UUA Office of Church Staff Finances states its own mission as follows: Guided by the values of our faith, we equip congregations for excellence as employers and their staff for financial competence and well-being. Information, services, and programs are provided to congregational leaders and...

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