Pastor Salary

A Pastor earns an average salary of $46,482 per year.

$23,216 - $74,526
(Median)
$23K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,482
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$9.81 - $25.31
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,216 - $74,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$23,347 - $75,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,967
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,205  
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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$23,347 - $75,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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

National Average: $46,732

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Pastor Reviews

What is it like working as a Pastor?

Pastor in Sacramento:
"Pastor God's people."
Pros: The power of God is what I enjoy most about this job. Seeing how The Holy Spirit moves throughout the congregation on a weekly basis is a joy to behold.
Cons: The frustrating part about this job, is seeing people who say they want better for themselves, and their families get the information that they need, but yet do the opposite of what is required of them.

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Experience Affects Pastor Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect Pastor Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

Teaching
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
0%

Worship Planning and Leading
0%

National Average
$47,000

Leadership
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Pastor
up arrow 4%

Preaching
up arrow 6%

MUSIC
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 517 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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