At most companies, HR uses objective standards / qualifications / criteria to determine the salary ranges for employees. For example, one's compensation is often correlated to one's experience, level of education, job function, industry averages, cost of living, etc.
When it comes to a pastor's compensation, how is that determined? A better question is how should a pastor's compensation be determined?
Should the compensation of two equally qualified / educated / experienced men be different based on the size of their family?
Should the compensation of a man with an advanced theological degree right out of seminary be compensated more than a man who only holds a Bible degree but who has years of ministry experience?
Should the man's compensation be based on his wife also working at the church in some capacity?
Bottom line, what objective factors should go into determining a pastor's compensation?