Working as a Rabbi

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a rabbi. For example, did you know that they make an average of $27.61 an hour? That's $57,421 a year!

What Does a Rabbi Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a rabbi, we found that a lot of resumes listed 11.9% of rabbis included pastoral care, while 9.8% of resumes included shabbat, and 7.7% of resumes included torah. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Rabbi

If you're interested in becoming a rabbi, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 27.5% of rabbis have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 45.0% of rabbis have master's degrees. Even though most rabbis 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 a rabbi. When we researched the most common majors for a rabbi, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on rabbi resumes include doctoral degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a rabbi. In fact, many rabbi jobs require experience in a role such as chaplain. Meanwhile, many rabbis also have previous career experience in roles such as teacher or internship.

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Rabbi Career Paths

Top Careers Before Rabbi
Chaplain16.6 %
Teacher11.0 %
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Top Careers After Rabbi
Chaplain21.6 %
Teacher10.5 %
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Average Salary for a Rabbi

Rabbis in America make an average salary of $57,421 per year or $28 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $123,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $26,000 per year.
Average Salary
$57,421

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Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Rabbi
Rabbi
Temple Israel of The City of New York
Temple Israel of The City of New York
06/07/2019
06/07/2019
$41,97006/07/2019
$41,970
Rabbi
Rabbi
Congregation Ahavath Achim
Congregation Ahavath Achim
10/21/2015
10/21/2015
$36,00010/21/2015
$36,000
Rabbi
Rabbi
Temple Sinai of Swampscott & Marblehead, Inc.
Temple Sinai of Swampscott & Marblehead, Inc.
03/12/2015
03/12/2015
$100,00003/12/2015
$100,000
Rabbi
Rabbi
Temple NER Tamid
Temple NER Tamid
01/12/2015
01/12/2015
$86,88201/12/2015
$86,882
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Rabbi
Temple Sinai of Swampscott & Marblehead, Inc.
Temple Sinai of Swampscott & Marblehead, Inc.
08/22/2014
08/22/2014
$100,00008/22/2014
$100,000
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Rabbi Demographics

Gender

Male

69.7 %

Female

27.1 %

Unknown

3.2 %
Ethnicity

White

66.6 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.8 %

Black or African American

11.7 %
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Hebrew

50.0 %

Spanish

16.7 %

Yiddish

10.0 %
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Rabbi Education

Schools

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion - New York

18.2 %

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

12.1 %

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

9.1 %

Yeshiva University

9.1 %
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Majors

Religion

19.3 %

Theology

18.3 %

Middle Eastern And Semitic Languages

10.1 %

Mental Health Counseling

7.3 %
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Degrees

Masters

45.0 %

Bachelors

27.5 %

Doctorate

9.2 %

Certificate

6.4 %
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Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Rabbi

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Best States For a Rabbi

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a rabbi. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Rabbis make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $98,612. Whereas in Maine and Rhode Island, they would average $77,341 and $76,617, respectively. While rabbis would only make an average of $76,293 in New Jersey, 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 Rabbi Jobs:
2
Highest 10% Earn:
$148,000
Location Quotient:
2.71
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. Rhode Island

Total Rabbi Jobs:
2
Highest 10% Earn:
$162,000
Location Quotient:
1.4
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. Maine

Total Rabbi Jobs:
2
Highest 10% Earn:
$164,000
Location Quotient:
1.25
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 Rabbi Employers

1. Temple Israel
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$42,082
Rabbis Hired: 
8+
2. Temple Sinai Of North Miami Beach Florida
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$43,089
Rabbis Hired: 
6+
3. Temple Emanu-El
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$39,701
Rabbis Hired: 
5+
4. Congregation B'nai Israel
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$39,673
Rabbis Hired: 
5+
5. Temple Beth Am
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$39,090
Rabbis Hired: 
4+
6. RegO
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$50,330
Rabbis Hired: 
1+

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