With nearly two-thirds of Ministers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Ministers is $50K annually and can range from $26K on the lower end to $76K per year near the higher end. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by nearly one-fourth. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,824 - $76,633
$26K
$50K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,726
10%
50%
90%

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$9.79 - $25.53
$9
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.57
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$25,824 - $76,633  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,170  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$25,578 - $76,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $25.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$25,578 - $76,285  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Minister

There are many varieties of positions as a minister, ranging from church minister to more specialized positions such as military chaplain. However, the minister's general role is to provide their community with spiritual and religious support. This role involves regular public speaking, with the number of weekly services varying depending on the needs of the minister's community; additionally, these professionals speak during memorial services and community event. Administrative duties performed by the minister include hiring, training, budgeting, and organizing meetings. They may also perform a supervisory role for other members of the church staff.

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Minister Tasks

  • Preach, lead worship ceremonies and Bible studies, and provide pastoral consultation.
  • Assist with planning and leading ministry retreats.
  • Facilitate discussions on faith-based topics.

Common Career Paths for Minister


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Though some Ministers move into positions like Non-Profit Executive Director (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Minister is to become a Senior Pastor or a Head Minister. Compared to Ministers, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


First Christian Church attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $57K.

Popular Skills for Minister


Survey results suggest that Ministers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Those listing Preaching as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Event Planning also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $49K. Ministers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. As Ministers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $56K.

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Key Stats for Minister

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Minister Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 20%

Teaching
up arrow 2%


National Average
$49,000



Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

People Management
up arrow 22%

Event Planning
up arrow 22%

Preaching
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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