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Pastor, Ministry Salary

The majority of Ministry Pastors in the United States — a little over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $23K to $65K per year, and the median is $44K per year. While around one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,801 - $64,904
MEDIAN: $44,089

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$22,801 - $64,904  
$0.00 - $2,019  
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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).
$23,019 - $65,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $39K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. Ministry Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Pastor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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: 64% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 32%