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Working As A Pastor

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pastor Do

A Pastor is responsible for providing religious services and performing all daily operations of a church or other organization. They ensure that the systems, practices, and policies of the organization effectively support its ministry activities.

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Pastor Career Paths

Pastor
Adjunct Professor Project Manager General Manager
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Owner Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Manager Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Director Of Music Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Director Of Music Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Chaplain Ambulatory Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Team Leader President
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Senior Account Executive Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Executive Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Worship Leader Director Of Music President
Board President
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Case Manager Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Owner Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Leader Office Manager Communications Manager
Community Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Youth Leader Youth Director Youth Ministry Director
Adult Ministries Director
7 Yearsyrs
Leader Project Manager Founder
Associate Pastor
7 Yearsyrs
Youth Leader Youth Director
Christian Education Director
6 Yearsyrs
Professor Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Leader Human Resources Manager Recruitment Director
College Director
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Director Education Director
Director Of Communications And Outreach
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Pastor 8.6 years
Pastor 7.0 years
Music Pastor 5.6 years
Minister 5.1 years
Associate Pastor 5.0 years
Associate Minister 4.8 years
Missions Pastor 4.8 years
Assistant Pastor 4.5 years
Children's Pastor 4.3 years
Evangelist 4.2 years
Youth Pastor 3.7 years
Evangelism Pastor 3.6 years
Worship Leader 3.6 years
Pastoral Assistant 3.5 years
Youth Minister 3.4 years
Junior High Pastor 3.2 years
Senior High Pastor 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Pastor
Chaplain 9.8%
Internship 8.5%
Teacher 5.9%
Minister 3.6%
Director 3.5%
Manager 3.4%
Missionary 2.8%
Associate 2.5%
Assistant 2.3%
Owner 2.3%
Top Careers After Pastor
Chaplain 17.1%
Director 4.3%
Teacher 4.0%
Internship 3.6%
Owner 3.2%
Minister 3.2%
President 2.4%
Associate 2.3%
Manager 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$35,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Edina, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
6.9 years
How much does a Pastor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pastor in the United States is $77,294 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $35,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Pastor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Pastor Wave Church Wilson, NC Jul 01, 2015 $85,000
Pastor Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church Livonia, MI Oct 15, 2015 $77,428
Pastor of Education Agape Church Little Rock, AR Apr 21, 2015 $72,114
Pastor of Education Agape Church, Inc. Little Rock, AR Sep 18, 2015 $72,114
Pastor One Harbor Church Morehead City, NC Sep 30, 2016 $67,000
Pastor Chesapeake Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Fulton, MD Jan 09, 2016 $65,544
Interim Pastor First Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie Poughkeepsie, NY Aug 15, 2016 $64,405
Education Pastor Full Gospel San Francisco Church San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2016 $62,920
Pastor The Philippian Church Oakland, CA Nov 21, 2016 $62,317
Pastor Central California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists Watsonville, CA Jul 14, 2016 $58,104
Education Pastor Korean Central Presbyterian Church of Greater Clev Brecksville, OH Jul 19, 2016 $57,750
Pastor Nevada-Utah Conference of Seventh-Day Adventist Church Las Vegas, NV Apr 01, 2015 $56,200
Pastor Imaginenations Church Yuma, Inc. Yuma, AZ Dec 30, 2016 $55,060
Pastor Imaginenations Church Yuma, Inc. Yuma, AZ Aug 15, 2016 $55,060
Pastor Korean Mission Church of Oregon Portland, OR Nov 18, 2015 $39,000
Pastor Build Up Church Lansdale, PA Feb 02, 2015 $38,418
Pastor Houston Church for The Lord, Inc. Webster, TX Aug 20, 2015 $38,314
Pastor (Priest) Diocese of Raleigh Raleigh, NC Jun 23, 2016 $38,272
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Raleigh, NC May 03, 2016 $38,272
Pastor Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel, Inc. Allentown, PA Oct 02, 2016 $38,210
Pastor Fresno True Light Korean Church Fresno, CA Jul 08, 2015 $38,106
Pastor Bethel Presbyterian Church of So. California Buena Park, CA Jul 16, 2015 $38,022
Pastor Korean Presbyterian Church of Denver Arvada, CO Sep 06, 2016 $34,445
Education Pastor Vision Presbyterian Church, Inc. Duluth, GA Aug 10, 2015 $34,445
Pastor World Compassion Outreach Ministriesint'l Plainfield, NJ May 04, 2015 $34,000
Pastor World Mission Church Philadelphia, PA Oct 13, 2016 $33,883
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Pinehurst, NC Feb 17, 2016 $33,765
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Snow Hill, NC Jan 04, 2016 $33,765
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Pinehurst, NC Jan 02, 2016 $33,765
Education Pastor Antioch Korean Baptist Church Park Ridge, IL Sep 20, 2016 $33,758

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Top Skills for A Pastor

  1. Student Ministry
  2. Church Services
  3. Community Outreach
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  • Helped lead the shift to move from an event based student ministry to a small group based student ministry.
  • Carry out leadership duties as necessary for preparing and conducting church services, staff meetings and community outreach projects.
  • Worked with community outreach services and was appointed co-director of Community Improvement Foundation.
  • Serve at all Rock Kid services and functions; including, Vacation Bible School, and Toys for Joy Christmas event.
  • Provide marriage and family counseling and frequently assist area funeral homes with bereavement counseling and funeral services.

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Top 10 Best States for Pastors

  1. Washington
  2. Wyoming
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Connecticut
  5. Alaska
  6. California
  7. Nevada
  8. Massachusetts
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Pastor Demographics

Gender

Male

78.6%

Female

12.2%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

French

6.9%

German

5.7%

Greek

5.1%

Hebrew

4.5%

Portuguese

3.9%

Korean

3.0%

Mandarin

2.4%

Italian

2.1%

Dakota

1.8%

Russian

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Japanese

1.5%

Arabic

1.2%

Cantonese

0.9%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Swahili

0.3%

Hausa

0.3%
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Pastor Education

Schools

Liberty University

19.4%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

10.8%

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

7.4%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

7.1%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

5.3%

Chicago Theological Seminary

4.7%

Asbury Theological Seminary

4.5%

Fuller Theological Seminary

4.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

3.7%

Concordia Seminary

3.3%

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

3.1%

Regent University

3.1%

Dallas Theological Seminary

3.0%

Andrews University

3.0%

Baptist Bible College

3.0%

Concordia Theological Seminary

2.9%

Grand Canyon University

2.6%

University of Phoenix

2.6%

Lee University

2.6%
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Majors

Theology

45.8%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

8.8%

Business

7.8%

Biblical Studies

6.8%

Religion

5.0%

Education

4.2%

School Counseling

3.0%

Psychology

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.7%

Music

2.2%

Communication

1.6%

History

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Educational Leadership

1.0%

Philosophy

1.0%

Social Work

0.9%

General Studies

0.9%

Counseling Psychology

0.9%

Religious Education

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

24.8%

Other

18.3%

Doctorate

7.8%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.4%
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