Training Requirements for Clergy

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

Degrees for 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

Employment Outlook for Clergy

This represents about 244,000 people in the United States.

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.

Typical Income for Clergy

Hourly Income

On average,clergy make $23.77 per hour.

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

Annual Salaries

On average, clergy make $49,450 per year.

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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