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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

  • $233,282

    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 Demographics

Gender

Male

83.7%

Female

14.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

65.6%

Black or African American

12.0%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.9%

French

7.8%

German

7.8%

Greek

6.9%

Hebrew

5.5%

Portuguese

5.1%

Italian

2.8%

Korean

2.8%

Dakota

2.8%

Russian

2.3%

Mandarin

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Turkish

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Lakota

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Malay

0.5%

Aramaic

0.5%
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Pastor Education

Schools

Liberty University

24.9%

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

11.0%

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

7.2%

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

6.4%

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

4.6%

Asbury Theological Seminary

4.4%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

3.7%

Regent University

3.4%

Fuller Theological Seminary

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

3.0%

Concordia Seminary

2.9%

Concordia Theological Seminary

2.8%

Baptist Bible College

2.8%

Duke University

2.6%

Emory University

2.6%

Chicago Theological Seminary

2.5%

University of Phoenix

2.5%

Princeton Theological Seminary

2.5%
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Majors

Theology

43.8%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

8.5%

Business

7.8%

Biblical Studies

6.2%

Religion

4.9%

Education

4.4%

School Counseling

3.4%

Psychology

3.0%

Mental Health Counseling

2.9%

Music

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

History

1.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Counseling Psychology

1.3%

Educational Leadership

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.1%

Social Work

1.0%

Philosophy

1.0%

General Studies

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

39.5%

Bachelors

23.1%

Other

19.8%

Doctorate

7.9%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.3%
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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 Diocese of Raleigh Raleigh, NC May 03, 2016 $38,272
Pastor (Priest) Diocese of Raleigh Raleigh, NC Jun 23, 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 Ban Suk Church Corporation Buena Park, CA Aug 07, 2015 $38,022
Education Pastor Vision Presbyterian Church, Inc. Duluth, GA Aug 10, 2015 $34,445
Pastor Korean Presbyterian Church of Denver Arvada, CO Sep 06, 2016 $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 Jan 02, 2016 $33,765
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Pinehurst, NC Feb 17, 2016 $33,765
Pastor Diocese of Raleigh Snow Hill, NC Jan 04, 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. Youth Ministry
  2. Outreach
  3. Bible Studies
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  • Reorganized the youth ministry to encourage youth involvement/participation.
  • Worked with community outreach services and was appointed co-director of Community Improvement Foundation.
  • Implemented five new outreach ministries to local students and led weekly Bible studies and assisted Pastor in contemporary worship service weekly.
  • Developed, recommended, and implemented budgetary/financial policies in cooperation with the Finance Ministry.
  • Carry out leadership duties as necessary for preparing and conducting church services, staff meetings and community outreach projects.

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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
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