What Are The Training Requirements for Clergy?

Clergy need a bachelor's degree and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Clergy
Typical education of Clergy
Percent
Less than High School 2.9
High School 6.1
Some College 11.5
Associates Degree 4.2
Bachelors Degree 24.7
Masters Degree 35.6
Doctorate or Professional Degree 15.0

What Is the Employment Outlook for Clergy?

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 13,000 more clergy but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 66,000 more.

This career includes 244,000 people in the United States.

How Much Do Clergy Make?

On average, clergy make $23.77 per hour or $49,450 per year in the United States.

What Is the Typical Hourly Income for Clergy?

Hourly income for Clergy in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Clergy $11.45 $15.77 $21.99 $29.15 $38.03
Community and social service occupations $12.10 $15.59 $20.67 $28.02 $36.65
Religious workers $9.75 $14.05 $20.30 $28.01 $37.51
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

What Is the Typical Annual Salary for Clergy?

Annual salary for Clergy in the United States compared with other, similar careers.
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Clergy $23,830 $32,790 $45,740 $60,640 $79,110
Community and social service occupations $25,170 $32,420 $42,990 $58,280 $76,220
Religious workers $20,290 $29,230 $42,220 $58,250 $78,020
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

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

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