Minister Salary

Roughly three-fifths 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 $46K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and close to a fourth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Ministers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,262 - $72,081
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,384
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$14.09 - $32.78
(Median)
$14
$15
$33
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,262 - $72,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,500  
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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$24,580 - $72,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $3,500  
   
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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$24,580 - $72,337  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who go on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $59K annually. Ministers typically move into roles as Senior Pastors or Head Ministers, and those positions pay $5K more and $5K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


First Baptist Church offers the largest salaries in town — $41K on average.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $60K, Christian Church still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $40K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Minister


Typical Ministers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Administration, Counseling, 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. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $54K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Public Speaking
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National Average
$47,000

Counseling
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Administration
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People Management
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
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: 15% employee benefits None: 41%
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