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Pastor, Ministry Salary

Over one-half of Ministry Pastors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $23K to $65K per year, and the average comes out to $44K per year. Most Ministry Pastors report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$23,331 - $65,007
MEDIAN: $44,384

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$23,331 - $65,007  
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$23,381 - $65,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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Job Description for Pastor, Ministry

  • 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 Pastor, Ministry

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

For many Ministry Pastors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $43K. Ministry Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Ministry Pastors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $55K.

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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


30 %
70 %

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: 63% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 33%