The average salary for a Pastor is $43,545 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Pastor Total Pay (?
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$20,972 - $73,134
(Median)
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58K
73K
MEDIAN: $43,544
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Pastor Total Pay (?
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$7.20 - $22.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$20,972 - $73,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$21,275 - $74,358  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,794
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.20 - $22.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,011  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$21,275 - $74,358  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,794
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Job Description for Pastor
A pastor leads a congregation at a Christian church in prayer, song, and general spiritual guidance. In many modern Christian sects, pastoral duties are reserved for men. While the exact requirements for pastors vary depending on their sect, the pastor leads the routine worship services, in which Christians gather in prayer and listen to sermons. A pastor must have strong writing and speaking skills to create and deliver speeches emphasizing the importance of faith in the lives of the congregation's members. A strong command of scripture and biblical history, as well as the ability to interpret and relate this information to their congregation, is a must. Work is traditionally indoors, inside church auditoriums and offices. Although the work schedule varies by church, most pastors lead services at least several times on Sunday, and they often lead a service at another point in the week.
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Pastor 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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Sacramento
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Cincinnati
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Seattle
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Fort Worth
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Dallas
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Richmond
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National Average
$44,000
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Experience Affects Pastor Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Skills That Affect Pastor Salaries

Administration
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Counseling
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Public Speaking
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Leadership
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National Average
$44,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
32%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 38%
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