Compensation Guidelines

Compensation Guidelines

As our new Conference continues we are reflecting on clergy compensation and the best insights from our historic Conferences.  New guidelines for Clergy Compensation across our Conference is a work in progress.  In the meantime you are encouraged to look at the guidelines developed by your historic Conference.  Please note the year of the guidelines and apply any appropriate cost of living increases for your region.

Connecticut  ~  Massachusetts  ~  Rhode Island


The Authorized Minsters’ Compensation Guidelines Document is designed to guide churches as they develop and/or update the compensation package for their pastors.  Candidates for pastoral positions pay attention to the salary offered in the Employment Opportunities listing and to the history of pastoral compensation in the Local Church Profile, including salary, benefits, housing, travel, professional expenses, continuing education, vacation, family leave, and sabbatical.  While no one can dictate what an individual UCC congregation must pay its pastor(s), what is set forth here are what the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ Board of Directors believes are the appropriate compensation standards for authorized ministers in the Connecticut Conference. We trust that this booklet will provide useful data and insight to churches as they undertake the process of creating a financial package for their pastors.


Authorized Minister’s - Full-Time Compensation Guidelines 2017_2018 PDF

Authorized Minister’s - Part-Time Compensation Guidelines 2017_2018 PDF

Authorized Ministers Compensation Renewal Guidelines PDF

  • This document is designed to be a guide for churches as they attempt to update or renew an Authorized Ministers compensation package.

Excel Worksheets:

2017-18 Full-time Parsonage

2017-18 Full-time Housing Allowance

2017-2018 Part-time Housing Allowance

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment—Parsonage

2017 Cost of Living Adjustment—Housing Allowance




2019 Clergy Compensation Guidelines (PDF)

 Questions about the guidelines should be directed to Ellie Richardson, Associate Conference Minister

Salary Resources for other positions:

The Conference does not develop salary guidelines for other church positions but recommends the following resource:

Insurance and tax information:

Rhode Island

Compensation Guidelines 2019

Compensation Guidelines 2018 
Compensation Guidelines 2017
Compensation Guidelines 2016


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