Selections from Parish Practice in Universalist Churches: on Salary

Here’s a window back to 1946.

Per a Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis calculator:

  • that $1,200 today would buy $14,300 (rounded)
  • that $2,300┬átoday would buy $27,400
  • and that $6,000 today would buy $71,400

Seminary would likely been paid for, and the medical (and post-war housing!) situation is very different, but you can see what a period writer called the “mendicant order of Protestant ministers.”


By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. This is interesting, especially the average salary equivalent of $27,400. But I also remember speaking to 2 ministers who attended Saint Lawrence Theological School in the late 1940’s. Both said that their tuition was paid in full, which gave them the financial freedom to serve in less lucrative rural settings.

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