How much does a Pastor make?

Updated Sep 10, 2023

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$69,667 / yrTotal Pay
$64,854 / yrBase Pay
$4,813 / yrAdditional Pay

$69,667

 / yr
$41K$120K
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The estimated total pay for a Pastor is $69,667 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $64,854 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,813 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

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Top Paying Companies

For a Pastor in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Pastor in United States. Employers include UMC, SelfEmployed.com and Chesapeake Conference of SDA.

1
UMC
UMC
$68,592/yr
1 open jobs
2
$67,211/yr
5
Miami Vineyard
$58,274/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Pastor in United States

1UMC$68,592
2SelfEmployed.com$67,211
3Chesapeake Conference of SDA$62,567
4Hill Country Bible Church$58,313
5Miami Vineyard$58,274
6Eagle Brook Church$57,270
7The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints$56,942
8Churchome$56,403
9Assemblies of God$56,143
10Lutheran Church Missouri Synod$55,941

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United Methodist Church
3.8
PastorSee 86 salaries from all locations

$53,793

 / yr
Life.Church
4.6
PastorSee 41 salaries from all locations

$54,857

 / yr
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
4.1
PastorSee 29 salaries from all locations

$54,814

 / yr
Presbyterian Church USA
4
PastorSee 20 salaries from all locations

$52,835

 / yr
First Baptist Church
4.4
PastorSee 15 salaries from all locations

$53,575

 / yr
The Salvation Army
3.4
PastorSee 10 salaries from all locations

$55,715

 / yr
Eagle Brook Church
4.8
PastorSee 10 salaries from all locations

$57,270

 / yr

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Pinelake Church
3.8
PastorSee 9 salaries from all locations

$53,267

 / yr
First Presbyterian Church
4.6
PastorSee 8 salaries from all locations

$55,895

 / yr
UMC
3.8
PastorSee 7 salaries from all locations

$68,592

 / yr
Churchome
4
PastorSee 7 salaries from all locations

$56,403

 / yr
Church of the Nazarene
4.5
PastorSee 7 salaries from all locations

$53,409

 / yr
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
3.8
PastorSee 6 salaries from all locations

$55,941

 / yr
SelfEmployed.com
4.4
PastorSee 6 salaries from all locations

$67,211

 / yr
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4.5
PastorSee 6 salaries from all locations

$56,942

 / yr
Saddleback Valley Community Church
4.2
PastorSee 6 salaries from all locations

$55,589

 / yr
Church of God
4.3
PastorSee 6 salaries from all locations

$52,770

 / yr
Chesapeake Conference of SDA
3.7
PastorSee 5 salaries from all locations

$5,214

 / mo
United Church of Christ
3
PastorSee 5 salaries from all locations

$55,910

 / yr
Woodlands Church
3.9
PastorSee 5 salaries from all locations

$53,697

 / yr
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Pastor Salaries

Job TitleSalary
United Methodist Church Pastor salaries - 86 salaries reported$53,793/yr
Life.Church Pastor salaries - 41 salaries reported$54,857/yr
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor salaries - 29 salaries reported$54,814/yr
Presbyterian Church USA Pastor salaries - 20 salaries reported$52,835/yr
First Baptist Church Pastor salaries - 15 salaries reported$53,575/yr
The Salvation Army Pastor salaries - 10 salaries reported$55,715/yr
Eagle Brook Church Pastor salaries - 10 salaries reported$57,270/yr
Pinelake Church Pastor salaries - 9 salaries reported$53,267/yr
First Presbyterian Church Pastor salaries - 8 salaries reported$55,895/yr
UMC Pastor salaries - 7 salaries reported$68,592/yr
Churchome Pastor salaries - 7 salaries reported$56,403/yr
Church of the Nazarene Pastor salaries - 7 salaries reported$53,409/yr
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Pastor salaries - 6 salaries reported$55,941/yr
SelfEmployed.com Pastor salaries - 6 salaries reported$67,211/yr
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pastor salaries - 6 salaries reported$56,942/yr
Saddleback Valley Community Church Pastor salaries - 6 salaries reported$55,589/yr
Church of God Pastor salaries - 6 salaries reported$52,770/yr
Chesapeake Conference of SDA Pastor salaries - 5 salaries reported$5,214/mo
United Church of Christ Pastor salaries - 5 salaries reported$55,910/yr
Woodlands Church Pastor salaries - 5 salaries reported$53,697/yr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Pastor in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Pastor in United States are Healthcare with a median total pay of $68,592, Management & Consulting with a median total pay of $59,355, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $55,895, Nonprofit & NGO with a median total pay of $55,608, and Construction, Repair & Maintenance Services with a median total pay of $53,684.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • HealthcareHealthcare$68,592

    18% Higher than other industries

  • Management & ConsultingManagement & Consulting$59,355

    5% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$55,895

    0% Lower than other industries

  • Nonprofit & NGONonprofit & NGO$55,608

    1% Lower than other industries

  • Construction, Repair & Maintenance ServicesConstruction, Repair & Maintenance Services$53,684

    4% Lower than other industries

Healthcare

The top paying company in Healthcare for Pastor is UMC.

UMCUMC$68,592/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Education?

Job growth in education remains steady, with modest growth in salaries and greater opportunities for workers with STEM specialization or those with advanced degrees. Opportunities are likely to persist with the projected rise in student enrollment in the coming years. Jobs are often reliant upon state and local budgets with public sector benefits being an attractive feature for many job-seekers.

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Pastor

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$44,000

/yr

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4-6 years
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Campus Pastor

United States of America

 | 15+ years

$74,000

/yr

$73K | $1K

Submitted Yesterday

15+ years
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Campus Minister

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$45,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Chaplain

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$25

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday

Pastor pay FAQ

The average salary for a Pastor is $69,667 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 1365 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Pastor employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Pastor in United States is $92,930 per year.

The lowest salary for a Pastor in United States is $52,408 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Pastor or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Pastor.

Working as a pastor can be a deeply fulfilling career. Their pay is similar to the pay of certified nursing assistants (CNA), social workers and mental health counselors. Pastors often receive other perks besides their base salary, including free housing for themselves and their families in proximity to their houses of worship. Since pastors are certified to officiate weddings and baptisms, they can earn extra income by taking on these tasks.

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