Minister Salary

The majority of Ministers in the United States — approximately three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $25K to $73K per year, and the median is $48K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by tenure and location. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Ministers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for Ministers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to the larger part, and roughly one in four earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$24,412 - $72,470
(Median)
$24K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,786
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$12.37 - $32.00
(Median)
$12
$15
$32
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,412 - $72,470  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,731  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$24,707 - $72,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 596
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $32.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,731  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$24,707 - $72,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 $60K annually. Ministers typically move into roles as Senior Pastors or Head Ministers, and those positions pay $4K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


Ministers flock to First Christian Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $61K lead the pack in compensation.

Christian Church offers the smallest salaries in town — $40K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $27K to $60K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Minister


Ministers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Public Speaking, Administration, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Counseling, and Administration. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

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


Ministers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Ministers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Minister with more than 20 years of experience can earn $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Leadership
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Public Speaking
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National Average
$48,000

Counseling
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Administration
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People Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 40%
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