Clergy Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths 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 annually and can range from $26K on the lower end to $78K per year near the higher end. The majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. The vast majority of Clergymen and Clergywomen (81 percent) who took the survey are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,188 - $77,077

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$27,188 - $77,077  
$0.00 - $5,195  
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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).
$26,478 - $77,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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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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 29 percent, 18 percent, and 4 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Clergy

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

Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($44K) on average. Clergymen and Clergywomen bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $51K on average.

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Experience Affects Clergy Salaries

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National Average

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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 24 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: 67% dental benefits Dental: 37%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 33%