Information About Clergy

What is this career like?

Being a pastor is a rewarding career, but don't underestimate the challenges.

Training

Clergy need master's degree.

Degrees for Clergy
Training for Clergy
Percent
Less than High School 2.8
High School 7.2
Some College 11.7
Associates Degree 4.1
Bachelors Degree 24.3
Masters Degree 34.3
Doctorate or Professional Degree 15.7

Employment

Represents about 670,000 people in the United States- 0.1% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 85,000 more clergy but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 217,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, clergy make $23.31 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Clergy $11.30 $15.20 $21.20 $28.20 $37.70
Community and social services occupations $11.10 $14.40 $19.10 $26.20 $34.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, clergy make $48,490 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Clergy $23,570 $31,650 $44,140 $58,670 $78,420
Community and social services occupations $23,160 $29,990 $39,880 $54,650 $71,070
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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