What Are Typical Salary Ranges for Pastors?

What Are Typical Salary Ranges for Pastors?

What Are Typical Salary Ranges for Pastors?

According to the 2011 figures of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the lowest 10 percentile of pastors and clergy made $22,300 while the upper 90 percentile made $76,420. The mean annual wage was $47,730 or a mean hourly wage of $22.95. Pastors conduct religious services associated with the beliefs and practices of a religion, denomination or congregation and also provide spiritual advice, moral guidance and assistance to their members.

The industry a pastor's organization belongs to affects salary. The lowest-earning clergy worked for the Grantmaking and Giving Services industry with an average wage of $38,790 while those in the Federal Executive Branch with OES designation made the highest average wage of $72,940. Those working for religious organizations made on average $46,210 while those working for general medical and surgical hospitals made on average $49,430. Clergy at colleges, universities and professional schools made on average $53,100.

Location also affects employment and salary with New York, California and Oregon having the highest employment of clergy. New York employed 8,760 clergy earning on average an annual salary of $48,690. California had 4,800 clergy with an average salary of $55,070 while Oregon had 4,310 clergy earning a salary of $45,190. States that paid the highest salaries for clergy were Nevada, District of Columbia and Washington State. Nevada clergy earned on average $59,540; those from D.C. made $58,490 while those serving in Washington State made $58,130.