Pastor, Ministry Salary

Just over a half of Ministry Pastors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $25K to $72K per year, but median earnings come to around $48K annually. While approximately one-third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just under a third have dental, as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Ministry Pastors who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ministry Pastors. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,842 - $74,065
$25K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,263
10%
50%
90%

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$12.84 - $24.90
$13
$14
$25
MEDIAN: $14.48
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50%
90%

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$0$74K
Salary $24,842 - $74,065
Bonus $1,250
Total Pay (?
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$25,214 - $74,502
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $12.84 - $24.90
Overtime $18.00
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $1,250
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,214 - $74,502
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Pastor, Ministry

Ministry pastors tend to the needs of their congregations. Pastors must enthusiastically believe in their denominations and the mission and vision of their churches in order to lead sermons, and in-depth knowledge of the Bible is necessary in order to construct meaningful sermons and communicate the Bible's teachings. As such, strong public speaking skills and creativity are also important in order to succeed. Pastors may also lead youth group activities, such as Bible study.

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Pastor, Ministry Tasks

  • Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
  • Teach through precept and by example.
  • Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.

Common Career Paths for Pastor, Ministry


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Ministry Pastors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Executive Director. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. With an annual salary of $52K, Senior Pastor is the most common role for Ministry Pastors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Chaplain role — which usually pays $44K — is also typical for Ministry Pastors, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Pastor, Ministry

Pay by Experience for a Pastor, Ministry has a positive trend. An entry-level Pastor, Ministry with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 30 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Pastor, Ministry 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 30 salaries. An experienced Pastor, Ministry which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 39 salaries. A Pastor, Ministry with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 22 salaries.

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Key Stats for Pastor, Ministry

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Experienced
▲10%

Late-Career
▲10%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
▼13%

Entry-Level
▼29%

Skills That Affect Pastor, Ministry Salaries

Counseling
▲18%

Team Leadership
▲7%

National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 33%
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