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Clergy Salary

With around two in three of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Clergymen and Clergywomen is $49K per year and can range from $26K on the lower end to $78K per year near the higher end. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than a third have dental, as well. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Clergymen and Clergywomen greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Clergymen and Clergywomen is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,244 - $76,950
MEDIAN: $49,449

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$27,244 - $76,950  
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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: 2 May 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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Survey takers who work as Clergymen and Clergywomen usually report a few specific 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 9 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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

Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $48K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $49K in this role. 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%