Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $43K per year on average but can range from $24K to $65K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ministry Pastors. The majority of Ministry Pastors (67 percent) survey respondents are male. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,931 - $65,428
MEDIAN: $43,366

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$23,931 - $65,428  
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$24,236 - $65,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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.


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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Pay by Experience Level for

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Ministry Pastors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Pastor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


33 %
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 30%