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Minister Salary

Ministers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up three in five of Ministers. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $72K per year, but expected earnings average $45K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. The vast majority of Ministers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and one-fourth earn dental coverage. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,001 - $71,306
MEDIAN: $45,435

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$24,001 - $71,306  
$0.00 - $3,544  
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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).
$24,366 - $71,675  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 535

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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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At the upper end, Ministers who move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Executive Directors is a much higher $59K per year. When Ministers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Pastors or Head Ministers. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

First Baptist Church leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $41K.

Offering a median salary of only $35K, Christian Church pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $24K to $59K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Minister

Ministers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Administration, Counseling, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. For Ministers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $53K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 122 votes.


19 %
81 %

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: 40%