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Minister Salary (United States)

The majority of Ministers in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $25K to $73K per year and typically amount to $45K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the specific employer and location. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and around one in four earn dental coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Ministers are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ministers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 573
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
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  
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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Non-Profit Executive Director. Non-Profit Executive Directors bring home $59K per year on average. The most common next step for a Minister is to become a Senior Pastor or a Head Minister. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Minister

Although Church of Christ heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $44K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $71K.
Offering a median of only $34K, Christian Church pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees tend to make $22K on the lower end and $55K on the higher end. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is First Baptist Church.

Popular Skills for Minister

Ministers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Counseling, Administration, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include People Management, Administration, and Counseling. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of 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. 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 $44K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ministers make a median salary of $49K. 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. Ministers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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, 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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National Average
$46,000
Counseling
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People Management
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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%