Pastor Salary (United States)

A Pastor earns an average salary of $44,728 per year.
Pastor Salary (?
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$21,903 - $73,487
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MEDIAN: $44,727
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Pastor Salary (?
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$7.27 - $22.15
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,903 - $73,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,001  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$21,935 - $74,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,072
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.27 - $22.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $15.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$21,935 - $74,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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 Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Experience Affects Pastor Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Pastor Salaries

Public Speaking
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Counseling
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Administration
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$45,000
Preaching
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Teaching
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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
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 37%