Clergy Salary

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.

$32,812 - $80,972
$33K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,180
10%
50%
90%

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$12.34 - $22.38
$15
MEDIAN: $14.73
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,812 - $80,972  
   
Bonus
$25,000  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$30,839 - $81,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.62  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$25,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
)
$30,839 - $81,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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.

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Clergy Tasks

  • 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.


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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Key Stats for Clergy

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
44%
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Experience Affects Clergy Salaries

Experienced
▲6%

Late-Career
▲3%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Clergy Salaries

Teaching
▲22%

Public Speaking
▲16%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 40%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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