Pastor, Ministry Salary

Ministry Pastors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $44K annually, but may range from $24K to $65K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$23,085 - $65,218
MEDIAN: $44,076

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$23,085 - $65,218  
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$23,589 - $65,350  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $55K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 33%