The majority of Ministers in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $26K to $76K per year, and the median is $50K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Ministers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. Most Ministers survey respondents are men (78 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,071 - $76,073
(Median)
$26K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,918
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90%

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$9.70 - $25.75
(Median)
$9
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,071 - $76,073  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,170  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$25,725 - $75,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $25.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$25,725 - $75,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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While not commonly seen, Ministers who transition into a Non-Profit Executive Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K per year. Typical career progression for a Minister involves becoming a Senior Pastor or a Head Minister, roles that pay $2K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


First Christian Church leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $57K.

Popular Skills for Minister


Survey results show that Ministers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Teaching, Public Speaking, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Preaching as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Event Planning also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Counseling also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

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


Ministers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Ministers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 20%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 10%

People Management
up arrow 23%

Preaching
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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