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.
|Salary||$24,969 - $67,741|
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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.Read More...
Special events, such as retreats and holiday gatherings, may be managed by pastors, and in some churches they are expected to lead sermons on particular days of the week. They may also provide spiritual guidance and counseling services in group or one-on-one settings. Some may specialize in helping people individually to help them gain better understandings of their own spirituality.
It's always important to stay up-to-date with society and current events to be able to relate to congregations through sermons and provide them with important and relevant information. Many pastors also serve as managers by overseeing the activities of staff members, such as administrative clerks, junior pastors, and volunteers. A bachelor's degree in theology is highly beneficial for these positions.
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
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.
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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