Minister Salary (United States)

With 62 percent of Ministers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24,547 to $72,511 per year and averages out to $46,028 per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group—the specific employer and geography are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and 26 percent earn dental coverage. In this field, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Ministers are male. For the most part, Ministers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Minister Salary (?
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$24,193 - $71,697
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MEDIAN: $45,464
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Minister Salary (?
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$11.90 - $32.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,193 - $71,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
Commission
$0.00 - $36,000  
Total Pay (?
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$24,547 - $72,511  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 573
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $32.30  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$0.00 - $3,915  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $36,000  
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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$24,547 - $72,511  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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For Ministers, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Non-Profit Executive Director, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $13,431 annually than those further down the career ladder. It is quite typical for Ministers to transition into roles as Senior Pastors or Minister Heads, where expected earnings are an additional $5,093 or $5,710 per year.

Minister Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

Church of Christ pays the most with a median salary of $44,160, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $16,970 to a high of $71K for base pay.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Christian Church, where the median salary is just $33,883. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include First Baptist Church ($40,976) and Church of Christ ($44,160).

Popular Skills for Minister

Survey results show that Ministers typically report just a few professional skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include People Management, Administration, and Counseling. 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, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries start at $38K, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $49K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Ministers who have made it this far report earning around $53K per year. Ministers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Ministers, 10 percent higher than the national average. Ministers will also find cushy salaries in Kansas City (+3 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Public Speaking
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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 39%
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