Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Ministry Pastors. Salaries average out to around $46K per year and spread from $26K to $67K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Ministry Pastors who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than half enjoy medical while approximately one in four get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,123 - $67,467
$25K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,331
10%
50%
90%

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$13.11 - $22.00
$15
MEDIAN: $14.74
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,123 - $67,467  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
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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$25,552 - $66,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.74  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$25,552 - $66,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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Job Description for Pastor, Ministry

Ministry pastors tend to the needs of their congregations. Pastors must enthusiastically believe in their denominations and the mission and vision of their churches in order to lead sermons, and in-depth knowledge of the Bible is necessary in order to construct meaningful sermons and communicate the Bible's teachings. As such, strong public speaking skills and creativity are also important in order to succeed. Pastors may also lead youth group activities, such as Bible study.

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Pastor, Ministry Tasks

  • Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
  • Teach through precept and by example.
  • Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.

Common Career Paths for Pastor, Ministry


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Ministry Pastors who go on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K annually. The most common career progression for Ministry Pastors leads to becoming a Senior Pastor, where average pay is $52K annually. However, many Ministry Pastors also opt to become Chaplains. Typically, a Chaplain brings home $44K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pastor, Ministry

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $33K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $41K. On average, Ministry Pastors make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Ministry Pastors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Key Stats for Pastor, Ministry

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Experienced
▲14%

Late-Career
▲14%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼26%

Skills That Affect Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Counseling
▲22%

Team Leadership
▲11%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 25%
vision benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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