The majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States — between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $78K per year, and the median is $50K annually. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Clergymen and Clergywomen are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately two in five lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and over a third have dental, too.

$33,554 - $79,170
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $49,727
10%
50%
90%

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$10.40 - $22.00
(Median)
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$14
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,554 - $79,170  
   
Bonus
$7,000  
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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$30,422 - $78,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.62  
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$7,000  
   
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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$30,422 - $78,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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 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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Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $51K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Clergy Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Clergy Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 23%

Public Speaking
up arrow 17%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$50,000

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
2%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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