Priest Salary

A Priest earns an average salary of $41,960 per year.

$18,753 - $75,502

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$18,753 - $75,502  
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$18,907 - $76,821  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.


Priest Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Priest

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

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Experience Affects Priest Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%