Minister Salary (United States)

With approximately two-thirds of Ministers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, the field is heavily weighted towards experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $24,547 to $72,511 per year and averages out to $46,028 annually. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; more than half receive medical and dental insurance and 14 percent get vision insurance. The vast majority of Ministers (82 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Minister Salary (?
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$24,193 - $71,697
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MEDIAN: $45,464
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Minister Salary (?
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$11.90 - $32.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,193 - $71,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
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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$24,547 - $72,511  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 573
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $32.30  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
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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$24,547 - $72,511  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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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Ministers may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Non-Profit Executive Director position may earn an additional $13,431 per year. Ministers can earn $5,093 or $5,710 more per year when they move into roles as Senior Pastors or Minister Heads, a common transition for those in the field.

Minister Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

Church of Christ attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $44,160—but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $16,970 while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $71K.
The pay scale is far from balanced at Christian Church. While salaries on one end can reach $55,000, the company's median pay sits at $33,883, the lowest in the field. First Baptist Church and Church of Christ also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $40,976 and $44,160-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Minister

Survey takers who work as Ministers usually report a few specific skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like People Management, Administration, and Counseling. Most people experienced in Counseling also know 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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Though starting salaries approximate $38K, they climb to $44K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $49K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Ministers who have made it this far report earning around $53K per year. The largest number of Ministers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Ministers, 10 percent above the national average. Ministers will also find cushy salaries in Kansas City (+3 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Minister Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

Public Speaking
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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 26%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 39%
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