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Pastor Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$40,000
$24,000
$40,000
$64,000
Did you know that the average pastor makes $40,053 per year? That's valued at $19.26 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $24,000 and $65,000, meaning pastors have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most pastors find a job with non profits and health care companies, while others work for internet, professional, and media companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. California, Hawaii and Alaska are the top states in the U.S. to pay pastors the highest salaries.
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Map of Pastor Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Pastors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Pastor Salary By Location

While a pastor can average a salary of $40,053 per year, or $19.26 per hour, there are many opportunities for pastors to make more. For example, in San Francisco, CA you might make $53,372 per year. Other high-paying locations include Anchorage, AK, Las Vegas, NV and Cambridge, MA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to San Francisco, CA where the average starting salary is $35,000. The highest paying states for pastors include California, Hawaii and Alaska. Meanwhile, Minnesota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, CA
$53,372
$53k
Anchorage, AK
Anchorage, AK
$49,759
$50k
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
$47,000
$47k
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA
$45,602
$46k
Greenfield, WI
Greenfield, WI
$45,567
$46k
Paramus, NJ
Paramus, NJ
$43,337
$43k
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
$41,329
$41k
Roswell, GA
Roswell, GA
$40,978
$41k
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
$40,269
$40k
Portland, OR
Portland, OR
$40,071
$40k

High Paying Pastor Jobs

Average Pastor Salary By Company

If you want to get paid the most as a pastor, being employed by a company such as Phoenix Children's Hospital or Church Builders would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Central Christian College of the Bible and International Bible Society also report highly competitive salaries for pastors.

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Pastor Salary History

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    Average Pastor Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, pastor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that internet, professional, and media companies tend to offer much higher salaries for pastors. For example, pastors make a whopping average salary of $46,170 while working for internet companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $40,877 at professional companies and $39,491 at media companies. But pastors may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $38,575.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Internet
    Internet
    $46,170
    $46k
    Professional
    Professional
    $40,877
    $41k
    Media
    Media
    $39,491
    $39k
    Retail
    Retail
    $39,381
    $39k
    Education
    Education
    $38,718
    $39k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $38,575
    $39k

    Recently Added Pastor Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Ashburn Presbyterian Church
    Ashburn Presbyterian Church
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Arlington, VA
    Arlington, VA
    09/30/2019
    09/30/2019
    $103,000
    $103,000
    09/30/2019
    Ashburn Presbyterian Church
    Ashburn Presbyterian Church
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Arlington, VA
    Arlington, VA
    08/31/2019
    08/31/2019
    $103,000
    $103,000
    08/31/2019
    Mt. Pleasant Christian Church of Hall
    Mt. Pleasant Christian Church of Hall
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Monrovia, IN
    Monrovia, IN
    08/31/2019
    08/31/2019
    $18,000
    $18,000
    08/31/2019
    Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church
    Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Windham, NY
    Windham, NY
    06/26/2019
    06/26/2019
    $23,982
    $23,982
    06/26/2019
    Bethel Korean Church
    Bethel Korean Church
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Irvine, CA
    Irvine, CA
    06/12/2019
    06/12/2019
    $33,155
    $33,155
    06/12/2019
    Full Gospel United Church of New York
    Full Gospel United Church of New York
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    New York
    New York
    06/03/2019
    06/03/2019
    $41,829
    $41,829
    06/03/2019
    Fountain of Hope, Inc.
    Fountain of Hope, Inc.
    Staff Pastor
    Staff Pastor
    Staff Pastor
    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
    05/30/2019
    05/30/2019
    $33,571
    $33,571
    05/30/2019
    Tree of Life Church
    Tree of Life Church
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    05/07/2019
    05/07/2019
    $45,822
    $45,822
    05/07/2019
    Diocese of Raleigh
    Diocese of Raleigh
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Pastor
    Lumberton, NC
    Lumberton, NC
    02/14/2019
    02/14/2019
    $47,755
    $47,755
    02/14/2019
    Campus Pastor
    Campus Pastor
    Brooklyn Center, MN
    Brooklyn Center, MN
    02/08/2019
    02/08/2019
    $41,246
    $41,246
    02/08/2019