Entry-Level Minister Salary

Entry-Level Ministers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. Something to celebrate is that most people in this position are highly satisfied with their jobs. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Entry-Level Ministers are male. The greater part enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$20,445 - $59,318
MEDIAN: $37,026

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$20,445 - $59,318  
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$20,597 - $59,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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 Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.


34 %
66 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 36%