A sizeable majority of Preachers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $48K annually. Job satisfaction for Preachers is high. Approximately one in four enjoy medical while less than five percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to fewer than one in twenty. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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Job Description for Preacher
A preacher leads services in a church. Strong public speaking skills are essential, since the pastor will make sermons that should motivate the audience. Sermons should be presented in a gripping and understandable way. A preacher should have strong knowledge of the Bible to be able to apply it to applicable situations.Read More...
Prior to performing a service, the preacher will have to prepare the sermon. This may include researching current events and reviewing the Bible and other religious references. Besides Sunday services, there may also be weekday services and Bible study groups. The preacher may lead the activities of various groups in the church, including youth and adult programs. The preacher should work to shape and reach the mission of the church by attending meetings and working with other people involved with the church. Some managerial skills will be useful, as the preacher will oversee the work of church staff members and volunteers. Occasionally, the preacher may organize special events that will lead to the coherence of the church. A budget may be given to the preacher, and this budget must be adhered to.
Some preachers will be expected to have experience working in a church and/or have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in religion, theology, or a related field. Though the preacher may lead services of large audiences, it may also be expected to provide counseling services to staff members and church attendees. A preacher should love to work with people and should be able to communicate well.
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Pay by Experience Level for Preacher
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $45K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $50K. Preachers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $47K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.
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