Ministry Pastors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below three-fifths of Ministry Pastors. Pay fluctuates from $24K to $66K per year, but expected earnings average $47K annually. Most Ministry Pastors survey respondents are men (71 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just under a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ministry Pastors. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,981 - $66,387
(Median)
$24K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,770
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$12.95 - $23.58
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$14
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$23,981 - $66,387  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,290 - $65,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$14.44  
   
Overtime
$18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$24,290 - $65,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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

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

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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. With an annual salary of $52K, Senior Pastor is the most common role for Ministry Pastors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Chaplain role — which usually pays $44K — is also typical for Ministry Pastors, though less common by comparison.

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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 $34K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $50K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 22%

Team Leadership
up arrow 9%

National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 29%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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