404 – Compensation Schedule for Priests

The current 2018-2019 Priest Compensation Schedule may be found below and is downloadable by clicking the green PDF download button. 

To view the 2019-2020 Priest Compensation Schedule, which is effective July 1, 2019, please click here.

I. Purpose

The Salary Schedule for Priests provides the compensation rate for priests serving in the Archdiocese for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2019.

 

II. Policy

I. INCOME

SALARY

The salary for a priest in 2018-2019 will be $34,289 (up from $33,290 in 2017-2018) plus an increment of $282 for each year of ordination.

The salary and annual increment has been increased by 3% for 2018-2019.

The following is a recap of the salary schedule with examples:

2017 – 2018 2018 – 2019
Salary (newly ordained) $33,290 $34,289
Increment $274 $282

Examples:

10-year priest    $ 34,289 Salary + $ 2,820 increment = $ 37,109

20-year priest    $ 34,289 Salary + $ 5,640 increment = $ 39,929

30-year priest    $ 34,289 Salary + $ 8,460 increment = $ 42,749

This entire amount is taxable income and reported on IRS Form W-2. Salaries of priests with multiple assignments will be prorated among their assignments.

MILEAGE

Mileage is to be paid according to the policy of the Parish or institution at the rate set annually by the IRS. Miles traveled to a Parish or institution where a priest is assigned from his residence is not reimbursable. For priests with a multiple site assignment, mileage may be paid from a Parish or institution to another place of work or ministry. The IRS rate may be found at: https://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/standard-mileage-rates

II. BENEFITS

A. PROFESSIONAL EXPENSES

Institutes, seminars, workshops, etc., expenses will be paid by the Parish or institution of assignment. These professional expenses shall not exceed $1,200 per priest per year.

In addition, $500 per priest is billed to each Parish or institution by the sabbatical fund of the Archdiocese and are due to the Archdiocese each year by the end of September.

Annual Retreat Fees are to be paid by the Parish or institution, with a paid receipt, over and above professional expenses, not to exceed $700 per year.

Presbyteral Assembly fees are to be paid by the Parish or institution.

B. MEDICAL/DENTAL AND PRIEST PENSION PLAN BENEFITS

Medical, dental, and priest pension expenses are to be paid by the Parish or institution to which the priest is assigned. The benefits are provided by the Archdiocesan group plan for priests.

C. LIVING MAINTENANCE

Living maintenance expenses shall be provided by the Parish or institution for those priests living in Parish or institutional provided housing. Priests not living in Parish or institutional provided housing will be reimbursed for living maintenance up to $400 per month.

For more detailed information, refer to the Priestly Residence – Archdiocese Policy

D. HOUSING ALLOWANCE

See Priestly Residence – Archdiocese Policy for additional details.

For Parishes or institutions that do not provide housing, housing arrangements are to follow the Residence Policy for Priests and housing allowance and living maintenance limits stated in this Compensation Schedule. The monthly housing allowance is up to $1,200. This is in addition to the up to $400 per month living maintenance expense set forth in Section C above.

III. SCHEDULE OF RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR PRIESTS

$75.00 per weekend Mass

$50.00 per weekday Mass

$50.00 per Baptism service

$125.00 per Funeral and burial

$125.00 per Wedding

$75.00 per Confession session

Mileage may be included in the rates above as separately arranged in advance with the reimbursing Parish or institution.