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Minister Salary (United States)

The majority of Ministers in the United States — around three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $24K to $72K per year, and the median is $45K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. The larger part enjoy medical while nearly one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-seventh. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ministers. Male Ministers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Minister Salary (?
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$24,082 - $70,868
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MEDIAN: $45,406
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$11.81 - $32.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,082 - $70,868  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,612  
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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$24,438 - $71,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.81 - $32.55  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,612  
   
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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$24,438 - $71,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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At the upper end, Ministers who move into an Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $59K per year. Ministers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Pastors or Head Ministers. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

Church of Christ pays the most with a median salary of $45K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $17K to a high of $71K.
Christian Church offers the least money; the median income there is just $35K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $24K and $59K.

Popular Skills for Minister

Ministers note just a narrow range 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 and Counseling. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Minister

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Ministers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Ministers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $52K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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For Ministers, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 12 percent above 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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National Average
$46,000
Counseling
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Administration
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
21%
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: 40%