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.
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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.Read More...
To become a priest in the Catholic church, one must usually have a bachelor's degree in religion, theology, or a related field. Frequently, a master’s degree or a degree from a seminary is also required. The applicant must be a practicing Catholic and undergo a test of spiritual and educational capacities. Catholic priests are ordained by bishops. Specific requirements for the position may vary from one diocese to another, as well as from one order to another. There are priests in other religions as well, but most people identify priests with the Catholic church. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
- 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.
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