A Priest earns an average salary of $34,917 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.

$17,940 - $71,874
$18K
$35K
$72K
MEDIAN: $34,917
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Salary
$17,940 - $71,874  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$18,030 - $72,450  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Key Stats for Priest

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Priest Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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