Clergy Salary

Around two in three of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $27K to $77K per year, but median earnings come to around $50K per year. Most Clergymen and Clergywomen like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen (81 percent) who took the survey are men. While some workers in this profession — around one in three — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$27,369 - $76,698
MEDIAN: $49,949

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$27,369 - $76,698  
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$26,643 - $77,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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.


Clergy Tasks

  • 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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Professional skills reported by Clergymen and Clergywomen are few in number. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Public Speaking, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 16 percent, and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $49K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $45K. Clergymen and Clergywomen claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $53K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


19 %
81 %

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: 66% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 34%