Working as an Assistant Pastor

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an assistant pastor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $19.16 an hour? That's $39,850 a year!

What Does an Assistant Pastor Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an assistant pastor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 27.3% of assistant pastors included youth ministry, while 10.1% of resumes included bible, and 9.3% of resumes included community outreach. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become an Assistant Pastor

If you're interested in becoming an assistant pastor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 38.1% of assistant pastors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 36.5% of assistant pastors have master's degrees. Even though most assistant pastors have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an assistant pastor. When we researched the most common majors for an assistant pastor, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on assistant pastor resumes include associate degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an assistant pastor. In fact, many assistant pastor jobs require experience in a role such as pastor. Meanwhile, many assistant pastors also have previous career experience in roles such as internship or senior pastor.

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Assistant Pastor Career Paths

Top Careers Before Assistant Pastor
Pastor13.3 %
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Top Careers After Assistant Pastor
Pastor21.1 %
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Average Salary for an Assistant Pastor

Assistant Pastors in America make an average salary of $39,850 per year or $19 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $64,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $24,000 per year.
Average Salary
$39,850

Best Paying Cities

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Average Salary

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Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Assistant Pastor
Assistant Pastor
Oklahoma Full Gospel Central Church
Oklahoma Full Gospel Central Church
07/15/2019
07/15/2019
$43,36807/15/2019
$43,368
Assistant Pastor
Assistant Pastor
The Jesus Hope Church of Georgia, Inc.
The Jesus Hope Church of Georgia, Inc.
05/20/2019
05/20/2019
$45,28205/20/2019
$45,282
Assistant Pastor
Assistant Pastor
Bucks County Presbyterian Church
Bucks County Presbyterian Church
05/15/2019
05/15/2019
$42,00005/15/2019
$42,000
Assistant Pastor
Assistant Pastor
Korean Hanbit Church, Inc.
Korean Hanbit Church, Inc.
04/26/2019
04/26/2019
$36,67004/26/2019
$36,670
Assistant Pastor
Assistant Pastor
Ever Green Korean Mission Church
Ever Green Korean Mission Church
03/26/2019
03/26/2019
$38,62603/26/2019
$38,626
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Assistant Pastor Demographics

Gender

Male

81.8 %

Female

14.1 %

Unknown

4.1 %
Ethnicity

White

62.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

14.4 %

Black or African American

12.0 %
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.6 %

French

9.6 %

Korean

5.8 %
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Assistant Pastor Education

Schools

Liberty University

12.8 %

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

7.8 %

Chicago Theological Seminary

7.2 %

Bob Jones University

6.7 %
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Majors

Theology

44.7 %

Biblical Studies

11.0 %

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

8.9 %

Business

5.1 %
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.1 %

Masters

36.5 %

Associate

5.5 %

Doctorate

5.3 %
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Best States For an Assistant Pastor

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an assistant pastor. The best states for people in this position are Hawaii, California, Alaska, and Louisiana. Assistant pastors make the most in Hawaii with an average salary of $49,570. Whereas in California and Alaska, they would average $49,356 and $48,933, respectively. While assistant pastors would only make an average of $47,668 in Louisiana, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Alaska

Total Assistant Pastor Jobs:
24
Highest 10% Earn:
$66,000
Location Quotient:
2.77
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Wisconsin

Total Assistant Pastor Jobs:
104
Highest 10% Earn:
$70,000
Location Quotient:
1.14
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Utah

Total Assistant Pastor Jobs:
54
Highest 10% Earn:
$65,000
Location Quotient:
1.14
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Assistant Pastor Employers

1. Grace Baptist Academy
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$40,097
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
12+
2. Calvary Chapel
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$36,888
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
12+
3. The Salvation Army
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$34,635
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
7+
4. Bethany Church
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$40,022
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
7+
5. Gospel Light
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$52,205
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
6+
6. National Insurance Company
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$54,499
Assistant Pastors Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020