Entry-Level Pastor Salary

An Entry-Level Pastor earns an average salary of $39,680 per year.

$19,502 - $62,381
$20K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $39,572
10%
50%
90%

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$11.79 - $20.11
$19
MEDIAN: $19.26
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,502 - $62,381  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,148  
Profit Sharing
$9,600  
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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$19,629 - $62,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.26  
   
Overtime
$100.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,600  
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).
)
$19,629 - $62,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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Pastor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Pastor in Buffalo:
"Balance and time management a a must."
Know your limit. Utilize job descriptions and accountability. Proper rest is important.

Pastor in Palm Desert:
"You must be well-grounded!"
If you're called (by God and by a congregation) to serve as a pastor, not only are a deep biblical understanding and a love of helping people important, it is also crucial for your sense of identity and worth to stem directly from faith in a God who loves you and the world unconditionally. You'll be called upon to nurture and to challenge -- and your people will challenge you as well. Only a rock-solid faith can keep you focused on the vision for the congregation.

Pastor in Lisbon:
"Go called."
Stay true to God stay true to the Bible love your people the hardest best job in the world.

Pastor in Irvine:
"A Pastor? It's not for the weak!"
Sturdy! Sturdy of heart, character, patience, faith. Sturdy emotionally , physically and spiritually. The demands are heavy at times, draining too, and still rewarding. It's not for the weak . You must love and enjoy people. Be able to teach and preach. And most of all be a servant to your flock. Skills: able to counsel and encourage, Teach and lead groups. Preach. Perform services: weddings and funerals. Keep confidentiality. Know the law for reporting child abuse, etc.

Pastor in Pittsburgh:
"How Much Time It Would Take."
Make sure they are called by God. Don't take everything personal. Make sure you have thick skin and are not easily offended.

Key Stats for Pastor

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
29%
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Skills That Affect Pastor Salaries

Counseling
▲3%

Public Speaking
▲2%

Leadership
▲1%

Team Leadership
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Worship Planning and Leading
▼3%

Administration
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 45%
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