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Clergy Salary

Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and close to two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $49K annually, but may range from $26K to $78K per year. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. Male Clergymen and Clergywomen are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Clergymen and Clergywomen like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,244 - $76,950
MEDIAN: $49,449

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$27,244 - $76,950  
$0.00 - $5,171  
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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).
$26,212 - $77,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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Job skills reported by Clergymen and Clergywomen are limited. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Public Speaking, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 17 percent, and 9 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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

The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $46K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $44K on average. Clergymen and Clergywomen see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Clergymen and Clergywomen who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $51K.

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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 26 votes.


21 %
79 %

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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 31%