Clergy Salary

The majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $26K to $78K per year, and the median is $49K per year. The vast majority (80 percent) of Clergymen and Clergywomen who answered the questionnaire are male. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than a third. Most Clergymen and Clergywomen report high levels of job satisfaction.

$27,134 - $77,204
MEDIAN: $49,449

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$27,134 - $77,204  
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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).
$26,352 - $78,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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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Typical Clergymen and Clergywomen report a focused set of job skills. 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 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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

People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $45K. Clergymen and Clergywomen bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $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 25 votes.


20 %
80 %

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: 67% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 33%