Men account for the majority of Preachers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $47K annually. Most Preachers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $49K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Preachers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $46K by contrast.