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Minister Salary

Ministers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly three in five of Ministers. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $72K per year, but expected earnings average $46K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Ministers largely appreciate their work and find this position highly satisfactory. The vast majority (80 percent) of Ministers who answered the questionnaire are male. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in four collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,088 - $71,452
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,737
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$11.73 - $32.78
(Median)
$12
$15
$33
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,088 - $71,452  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,570  
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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$24,425 - $71,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.73 - $32.78  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,570  
   
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).
)
$24,425 - $71,795  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Minister


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At the upper end, Ministers who move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is a much higher $59K per year. Senior Pastors or Head Ministers are common next-step roles for Ministers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Pastors is $5K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Head Ministers.

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Ministers flock to First Baptist Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $41K lead the pack in compensation.

While select Christian Church employees may bring in up to $59K, a median salary of only $35K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Minister


Survey takers who work as Ministers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Counseling, Administration, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

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


For Ministers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Ministers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Public Speaking
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National Average
$46,000

Counseling
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Administration
up arrow 3%

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 40%
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