Priest Salary

A Priest earns an average salary of $37,538 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$18,060 - $73,533
$18K
$37K
$74K
MEDIAN: $36,735
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$18,060 - $73,533  
   
Bonus
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,151 - $73,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Priest

Catholic priests are usually assigned to a church by the bishop, though some priests also represent religious orders. The priest conducts all of the daily affairs of his church, usually with the assistance of a group of pastoral associates. These associates can include a vicar, a deacon, and lay parishioners, in what is called a “parish council”. These individuals will advise the priest on matters, such as outreach and finances, but the priest has the final say in all affairs. The main execution of priestly duties occurs while leading daily mass, hearing confessions, and presiding over ecumenical ceremonies such as weddings. A priest is also normally responsible for preparing and giving sermons.

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Priest Tasks

  • Lead religious services and sacraments.
  • Provide church leadership and vision.
  • Provide spiritual guidance to community members.

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Pay by Experience Level for Priest

Pay by Experience for a Priest has a positive trend. An entry-level Priest with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 17 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Priest with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 19 salaries. An experienced Priest which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 32 salaries. A Priest with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 20 salaries.

Key Stats for Priest

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
30%
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Experience Affects Priest Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 22%
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