Clergymen and Clergywomen who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over three-fourths of Clergymen and Clergywomen. Pay fluctuates from $29K to $81K per year, but expected earnings average $49K annually. Work is enjoyable for Clergymen and Clergywomen, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. Men account for the majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact.
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Job Description for Clergy
Clergy is a general term referring to individuals at the head of various religious congregations; for example, priests, reverends, rabbis and imams are considered clergy. Clergy typically work in churches, synagogues, mosques and other religious institutions, although institutions such as hospitals and correctional facilities may also employ clergy to help advise and offer spiritual support for individuals in the facilities and their families.Read More...
Clergy offer spiritual support in a variety of ways. As leaders of religious congregations, they plan and hold regular religious services. Clergy working in this capacity typically use the liturgy of their denomination, including crafting messaging relating to the scriptures that govern their particular belief system. Clergy often provide readings, lead prayers, and offer sermons or homilies for the edification and spiritual growth of congregational members. As religious leaders, clergy also help to organize prayer meetings, scriptural studies and outreach ministries for church members in hospitals or other care. Hospitals, nursing homes, private universities and correctional facilities may also hire clergy of various faiths; these persons offer counseling and spiritual support, especially for patients in residence or the families who visit them.
Different faiths typically have their own requirements for prospective members of the clergy. For example, in many Christian denominations, a person wanting to join the clergy typically earns undergraduate- and graduate-level degrees in divinity and within their particular denomination, usually by attending an accredited seminary. Rabbis typically follow a similar path, while imams take specialized coursework and prayer study within larger training mosques and teaching facilities. While clergy typically keep regularly posted hours within a church office or special office inside their institution, they may need to respond to emergency situations during off hours.
- Lead weekly religious services.
- Perform administrative duties including correspondence, resident profiles and other appropriate services.
- Plan, organize and lead Bible studies.
- Lead or represent religious organization at weddings, baptisms, wakes, funerals and memorial services.
- Minister to members and families in need.
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Pay by Experience Level for Clergy
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Clergymen and Clergywomen see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. For some reason, Clergymen and Clergywomen with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $51K.
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