Minister Salary

Ministers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to three-fifths of Ministers. Pay fluctuates from $25K to $73K per year, but expected earnings average $48K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in four collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Ministers is high. Most Ministers survey respondents are men (79 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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 (?
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.
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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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For Ministers, progressing to a Non-Profit Executive Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Non-Profit Executive Director can earn $60K annually. Ministers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Pastors or Head Ministers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, First Christian Church offers the most; Ministers earn $61K on average there.

Offering only $40K on average, Christian Church seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $27K on the lower end and $60K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Minister


Survey results show that Ministers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Public Speaking, Administration, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management, Counseling, and Administration. The majority of those 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Ministers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Ministers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Administration
up arrow 3%

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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