Ministry Pastors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $47K per year, but may range from $25K to $67K per year. For the most part, Ministry Pastors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The larger part enjoy medical while roughly a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Male Ministry Pastors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,646 - $67,354
$25K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,550
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
$24,646 - $67,354  
   
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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$25,121 - $66,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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$25,121 - $66,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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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As Ministry Pastors transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Pastor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Pastors earn $58K on average per year. Going from Pastor to Senior Pastor is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $52K. Many others choose to work as Chaplains, where pay is typically $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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $33K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. Ministry Pastors see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $51K.

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Key Stats for Pastor, Ministry

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
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1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Skills That Affect Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 21%

Team Leadership
up arrow 10%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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