Clergy Salary

More than two-thirds of Clergymen and Clergywomen in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $27K to $77K per year, but median earnings come to around $50K annually. Although a majority have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, close to one-third claim no health benefits at all. Most Clergymen and Clergywomen like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$29,434 - $77,204
MEDIAN: $49,911

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$29,434 - $77,204  
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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.


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 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 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.

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 ($47K) on average. Clergymen and Clergywomen who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. 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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Skills That Affect Clergy Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 33%