National Average Salary for Pastors

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Pastors and clergy lead their congregations in spiritual matters, and administer the facility. The salary for pastors and other clergy is dependent upon geographical location and education.

Geographical Location

  • For some pastors, an executive board determines pastoral salaries. For other pastors, salaries are determined by congregation donations. A pastor's geographical location often plays a role in his salary level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pastors residing in California earn an average salary of $60,430, whereas pastors living in Massachusetts earn an average salary of $53,730.

General Education

  • A pastor's educational background and university degree influence her average salary. An academic degree raises the average salary of pastors slightly. According to Payscale, a pastor with an undergraduate degree from a university earns an average salary between $33,813 and $57,266. A pastor without a degree earns between $32,698 and $56,128.

Advanced Degrees and Experience

  • According to My Salary, the national median salary for all members of the clergy who hold an advanced degree is $85,543. My Salary determines this median salary based on the criteria that the pastor has a master's degree in a related area of study and a minimum of five years of experience in the field.

Benefits

  • For some pastors, there are benefits that accompany their annual salaries. According to Payscale, 68% of clergy members receive health benefits associated with their employment. In addition, 46% of pastors receive dental benefits. These added perks increase the value of a pastor's salary. Since the national salary data for Payscale states that the average pastor's salary is between $35,671 and $58,311, health and dental plans make the salary levels more appealing.

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