Entry-Level Minister Salary

Entry-Level Ministers are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $38K per year on average. It's exciting to note that the majority of individuals in this field enjoy their work considerably. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and nearly one-fourth earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Entry-Level Ministers who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,077 - $59,843
MEDIAN: $38,329

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$20,231 - $59,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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Minister Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Minister in Lihue:
"The church had insufficient funds."
Look carefully at where previous church funds had come from. This church had received grant funding that ran out just prior to my arrival.

Minister in Jefferson City:
Keep relationships first. Keep fed yourself. Balance what you can do well with everything you want to do.

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Skills That Affect Minister Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 39%