Average Experienced Pastor Salary

$52,154
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$1,994
Bonus
$12,250
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The average salary for an Experienced Pastor is $52,154.
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$28k
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$52k
90%
$80k
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$28k - $80k
Bonus
$494 - $19k
Profit Sharing
$0 - $12k
Total Pay
$29k - $81k
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Job Description for Pastor

Pastor 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.
The top respondents for the job title Pastor are from the companies Baptist Church, Bible Church and Christian Church. Reported salaries are highest at Presbyterian Church where the average pay is $79,678. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Bible Church and Southern Baptist Church, earning around $64,688 and $51,965, respectively. Christian Church pays the lowest at around $45,198. Community Church and Lutheran Church also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $45,273 and $49,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Pastor

Skills in Public Speaking and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Worship Planning and Leading, Administration and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Pastor

An entry-level Pastor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,811 based on 55 salaries. An early career Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $43,767 based on 587 salaries. A mid-career Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,696 based on 733 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $53,409.
Employees with Pastor in their job title in Charlotte, North Carolina earn an average of 24.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Atlanta, Georgia (23.2% more) and Los Angeles, California (19.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Portland, Oregon (6.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,660 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.1%
Early Career
22.1%
Mid Career
27.6%
Late Career
48.3%