Clergy Salary Information

The salary statistics of clergy are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of clergy within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The clergy annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Clergy Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,830
25th Percentile Wage
$32,790
50th Percentile Wage
$45,740
75th Percentile Wage
$60,640
90th Percentile Wage
$79,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for clergy. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) clergy is $79,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,830. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 231% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of clergy from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,7403.26%3.67%
201544,2500.68%-
201443,9500.34%-
201343,800-0.59%-
201244,060--

Table 2. Clergy Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of clergy in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for clergy occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $61,580. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $39,910).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,580
Information
$55,060
Manufacturing
$50,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$47,290
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,740
Educational Services
$43,460
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$39,910

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Clergy by States

From the above tables we note that not only clergy salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of clergy in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $25,810 to $67,040. The highest paying state for clergy is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $67,040. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $25,810. For more salary information of clergy profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$67,040
Alaska
$59,290
Washington
$59,090
Massachusetts
$58,910
Hawaii
$56,790
Connecticut
$54,470
Colorado
$53,240
New Hampshire
$52,280
Nevada
$52,060
New Jersey
$51,830
California
$51,700
North Dakota
$49,500
Arizona
$48,710
Delaware
$48,480
Texas
$48,230
Vermont
$47,940
Minnesota
$47,540
Wisconsin
$47,310
New Mexico
$47,180
North Carolina
$46,730
Maine
$46,720
Iowa
$46,550
Missouri
$46,310
Kentucky
$46,170
Maryland
$45,950
Oklahoma
$45,940
Georgia
$45,870
Oregon
$44,960
South Carolina
$44,400
New York
$44,300
Utah
$44,160
Tennessee
$44,000
Florida
$43,790
Idaho
$43,660
Illinois
$43,540
Indiana
$43,520
Mississippi
$43,480
Louisiana
$43,170
Nebraska
$42,970
Guam
$42,800
South Dakota
$42,470
Kansas
$41,980
Ohio
$41,890
West Virginia
$41,800
Pennsylvania
$41,730
Rhode Island
$41,550
Alabama
$41,270
Montana
$40,740
Michigan
$40,290
Arkansas
$39,670
Virginia
$37,000
Puerto Rico
$25,810



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