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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Clergy Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,430
25th Percentile Wage
$34,150
50th Percentile Wage
$47,100
75th Percentile Wage
$61,630
90th Percentile Wage
$80,060

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 $80,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,100. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,430. 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 214% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of clergy from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,100
2.89% 6.45%
2016
$45,740
3.26% -
2015
$44,250
0.68% -
2014
$43,950
0.34% -
2013
$43,800
-0.59% -
2012
$44,060
- -

Table 2. Clergy Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of clergy in 12 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 $61,950. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $19,290).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,950
Manufacturing
$58,430
Information
$55,060
Accommodation and Food Services
$53,230
Health Care and Social Assistance
$50,220
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,820
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$47,080
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$45,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$44,240
Educational Services
$44,070
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$41,800
Retail Trade
$19,290

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 $19,890 to $60,510. The highest paying state for clergy is Washington with a median annual salary of $60,510. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,890. For more salary information of clergy profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Washington
$60,510
Alaska
$59,550
Massachusetts
$59,120
District of Columbia
$58,930
California
$56,460
New Jersey
$54,550
New Hampshire
$54,300
Colorado
$53,790
Connecticut
$52,010
Maine
$49,880
Nevada
$49,770
Georgia
$49,590
Wisconsin
$48,840
North Dakota
$48,360
South Carolina
$48,320
Arizona
$48,210
Delaware
$48,210
Texas
$47,990
Oregon
$47,980
Minnesota
$47,970
New Mexico
$47,660
Missouri
$47,650
Iowa
$47,570
Louisiana
$47,440
Oklahoma
$47,120
North Carolina
$46,880
Illinois
$46,590
Alabama
$46,240
Hawaii
$46,240
Kentucky
$46,100
Maryland
$45,950
Tennessee
$45,850
Indiana
$45,260
New York
$45,130
Montana
$45,060
Pennsylvania
$44,830
Utah
$44,160
South Dakota
$44,150
Guam
$44,040
Mississippi
$43,960
Nebraska
$43,750
Ohio
$43,650
Florida
$43,640
Kansas
$43,080
Rhode Island
$42,070
Michigan
$41,330
Arkansas
$40,460
Idaho
$39,650
Vermont
$39,450
Virginia
$35,750
West Virginia
$35,740
Puerto Rico
$19,890



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