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Minister Salary

Ministers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $46K per year, but may range from $24K to $72K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to the larger part, and nearly one-fourth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Ministers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,051 - $71,572
MEDIAN: $45,916

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$24,051 - $71,572  
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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).
$24,419 - $71,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 533

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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.


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 may progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Executive Director, where median compensation is $59K annually. Senior Pastors or Head Ministers are common next-step roles for Ministers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Pastors is $5K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for Head Ministers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

For Ministers, comfortable salaries can be found at First Baptist Church; in fact, median earnings sit around $41K, the highest in the area.

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

Job skills reported by Ministers are limited. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Counseling, Administration, 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. 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.

Ministers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. For Ministers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $53K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries

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Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.


20 %
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 27%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 41%