Minister Salary

About three in five of Ministers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $25K to $72K per year, but median earnings come to around $47K per year. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ministers make a median salary of $50K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $54K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,338 - $71,846

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$14.09 - $32.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,338 - $71,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,537  
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$24,670 - $72,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 537
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $32.78  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,537  
   
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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$24,670 - $72,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Ministers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Executive Director. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. It is quite typical for Ministers to transition into roles as Senior Pastors or Head Ministers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


Although Church of Christ leads the field in pay with a median salary of $42K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $18K on the low end all the way up to $70K at the top.

Christian Church is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $40K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $24K while workers on the upper end may rake in $60K.

Popular Skills for Minister


Job skills reported by Ministers are limited. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Administration, Counseling, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

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

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Administration
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 40%
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