Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $44K per year on average but can range from $24K to $65K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and more than two-fifths have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Ministry Pastors is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,591 - $65,270
MEDIAN: $44,346

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$23,973 - $65,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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 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 $39K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. Ministry Pastors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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 25 votes.


31 %
69 %

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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 31%