Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $47K annually on average but can range from $26K to $67K per year. A majority enjoy medical while one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-fifth. Most Ministry Pastors survey respondents are men (78 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,969 - $67,741
$25K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,733
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$12.84 - $24.90
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$25
MEDIAN: $14.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,969 - $67,741  
   
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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$25,883 - $66,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $24.90  
   
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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$25,883 - $66,866  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Executive Director, where median compensation is $60K annually. The most common promotion for Ministry Pastors is Senior Pastor, a position that typically pays $52K annually. Another standard transition for Ministry Pastors seeking advancement is to assume a Chaplain role, where pay is often $44K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pastor, Ministry

Pay by Experience for a Pastor, Ministry has a positive trend. An entry-level Pastor, Ministry with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pastor, Ministry with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 30 salaries. An experienced Pastor, Ministry which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 39 salaries. A Pastor, Ministry with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Pastor, Ministry

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
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
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 35%
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