Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to four-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $50K annually on average but can range from $31K to $82K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Clergymen and Clergywomen are male. Although a majority have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, over a third claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Clergy
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $51K.
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