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Clergy Salary

Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $49K annually, but may range from $26K to $77K per year. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (82 percent) of Clergymen and Clergywomen who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,730 - $75,690
MEDIAN: $49,449

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$26,730 - $75,690  
$0.00 - $5,034  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$26,177 - $76,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Clergy

  • Lead or represent religious organization at weddings, baptisms, wakes, funerals and memorial services.
  • Minister to members and families in need.
  • Plan, organize and lead Bible studies.
  • Lead weekly religious services.
  • Perform administrative duties including correspondence, resident profiles and other appropriate services.

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Survey takers who work as Clergymen and Clergywomen usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Public Speaking, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 18 percent, and 10 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $45K. Clergymen and Clergywomen claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Clergymen and Clergywomen who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Clergy Salaries

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Skills That Affect Clergy Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


18 %
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 27%