Employee Benefits Summary for the Churches, Synagogues, and Religious Organizations Industry

Learn more about the types of benefits churches, synagogues, and religious organization companies offer across medical, short term disability, long term disability, life, vacation and leave and financial incentives.

Did you know about 49% of Churches, Synagogues, and Religious Organizations offer medical insurance?

Complete Benefits Guide:

  • Medical
  • Disability
  • Life
  • Sick & Vacation
  • Retirement

 

The churches, synagogues, and religious organizations industry is comprised of establishments that provide religious worship or promote various religious activities. Generally, this includes convents, monasteries, religiously affiliated community centers, and other houses of worship.

Organizations looking to hire new talent will have to provide comprehensive religious organization employee benefits. These organizations have a higher percentage of part time employees. Usually their boards play a very influential role in who the insurance broker is and the RFP process as well as likely participate in the benefit and insurance carrier plan selection.

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The Churches, Synagogues, and Religious Organizations Industry Employment Summary

As of January 2021, there were 187,000 religious organizations nationwide, employing over 1.6 million professionals. On average, each facility is small, with only 9 staff members, and the average employee age is 42 years old.

The Churches, Synagogues, and Religious Organizations Insurance Benefits Comparison

49% Offer Medical Benefits

What percentage of religious organizations offer medical insurance?

  • 49% offer access to medical insurance. This is well below the national average of 69%.
  • These businesses provide an average monthly employer premium of $1,043 for family coverage. This is below the national average of $1,121.
  • Additionally, they provide an average monthly employer premium of $502 for individual coverage. This is above the national average of $458.
25% Offer Short-Term Long-Term Disability

What percentage of religious organizations offer short and/or long-term disability insurance?

25% of these employers offer short-term disability coverage, and 19% offer long-term disability insurance. The national average is 42% and 34%, respectively.

32% Offer Life Insurance

What percentage of religious organizations offer life insurance?

32% offer access to a life insurance plan. Comparatively, the national average is 56%.

14% Offer PaidFamily Leave

Do religious organizations provide access to paid family leave?

  • 14% provide access to paid family leave. The national average is 20%.
  • 87% provide access to unpaid family leave. The national average is 88%.
  • 34% offer consolidated leave plans. The national average is 44%.

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Summary

As a whole, the churches, synagogues, and religious organizations industry stands well below the national average of providing comprehensive employee benefits packages. There is a lot of room for improvement, as employers should increase their benefits offerings as a way to not only meet their employee’s needs, but make them feel valuable and secure.

Once these changes have been made, employers in this industry will soon notice how creating a healthy, productive, and sustainable work environment will lead to overall decreased costs, higher efficiency levels, and stronger teams.