Clergy Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $27K to $77K per year and averages out to $50K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and nearly two in five receive dental plans.

$29,434 - $77,204
(Median)
$29K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,911
10%
50%
90%

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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$29,434 - $77,204  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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$26,682 - $77,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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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Clergymen and Clergywomen who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Teaching, Public Speaking, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 17 percent, and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $49K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Clergymen and Clergywomen who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $51K.

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Experience Affects Clergy Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Clergy Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 24%

Public Speaking
up arrow 17%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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