The just-released spring CARA Report contained a summary on the 2013 edition of The Laborer Is Worthy of His Hire. The document was assembled by the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (NACPA) and published in December 2013 under the auspices of NFPC. The summary notes that during the five-year period [2008-2013] under review, the median salary of US diocesan priests increased by 8.4 percent while during the same period, employee salaries were increasing 16.2 percent in the general workforce.
Why such a small increase? The report notes that salary increase numbers are impacted by changes in the way priests receive compensation. A number of dioceses moved allowances, previously given separately (for auto and other expenses), into priests’ salaries without substantially increasing compensation.
The summary goes on to note priests’ total taxable income and support actually decreased by 0.6 percent during the period from $43,170 to $42,896. This category “pulls together all the items generally considered taxable income and support, e.g. allowances, Mass Stipends, stole fees, housing, and food support, as well as salary, so that however dioceses separate out or lump together these items in their priests’ compensation schedules, they will all be covered by a single figure.”
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