Minister Salary

Ministers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly two in three have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $50K per year, but may range from $26K to $76K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the particular employer. More than half enjoy medical while approximately one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly one in five. The majority of Ministers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Ministers are male. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Read More
$26,218 - $75,881
$26K
$50K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,679
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$9.79 - $25.53
$9
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.57
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$26,218 - $75,881  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,362  
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).
)
$25,675 - $75,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $25.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.50  
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $11,362  
   
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).
)
$25,675 - $75,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Minister Tasks

  • Preach, lead worship ceremonies and Bible studies, and provide pastoral consultation.
  • Assist with planning and leading ministry retreats.
  • Facilitate discussions on faith-based topics.

Common Career Paths for Minister


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


It's not very common for Ministers to move on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors. Average pay for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K annually. A common career progression for a Minister is to become a Senior Pastor or a Head Minister. Compared to Ministers, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

Minister Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


For Ministers, comfortable salaries can be found at First Christian Church; in fact, median earnings sit around $57K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Minister


Survey results show that Ministers use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent 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 skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

Pay by Experience for a Minister has a positive trend. An entry-level Minister with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Minister with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Minister which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 154 salaries. A Minister with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 127 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,406

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Ministers, 43 percent higher than the national average. Ministers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), and Nashville (+11 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Minister

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Minister Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Leadership
▲20%

Teaching
▲2%

Public Speaking
▼0%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%


Team Leadership
▼5%

People Management
▼22%

Event Planning
▼22%

Preaching
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 44%