Pastor Salary

The average salary for a Pastor is $47,239 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Teaching and Pastor.

$23,510 - $74,968
$24K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $47,702
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$10.21 - $29.80
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MEDIAN: $20.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$23,510 - $74,968  
   
Bonus
$497.61 - $17,500  
Profit Sharing
$7,400  
Total Pay (?
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$23,806 - $75,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,916
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $29.80  
   
Overtime
$75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$497.61 - $17,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$7,400  
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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$23,806 - $75,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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

  • Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
  • Teach through precept and by example.
  • Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pastor

Pay by Experience for a Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 427 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 518 salaries. An experienced Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 765 salaries. A Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 594 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,034

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Pastor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Pastor

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
32%
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Experience Affects Pastor Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼5%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲25%

Pastor
▲20%


▼0%

National Average
$48,000

Team Leadership
▼1%

▼3%



Preaching
▼12%

MUSIC
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 44%
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