Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $44K per year, but may range from $25K to $66K per year. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Ministry Pastors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Ministry Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,868 - $66,150
MEDIAN: $44,080

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$24,868 - $66,150  
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$25,287 - $65,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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 Pastor, Ministry

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

For Ministry Pastors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $41K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. For Ministry Pastors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $56K.

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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 31%