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Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
This career appears to require experience.
Undergraduate program resulting in the highest median salary ($56K): General Business
Is this job likely to reward you for sticking with it through pay raises and promotions? The higher a job’s “experience quotient,” the more you are likely to get as you stay there.
Experience quotient percentile
Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs? The availability of health care, especially employer provided health care, and pension plans can add significantly to the value of compensation you receive in a career. These charts compare how this career compares to other careers with regard to health care and pension plans.
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of clergy who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), clergy typically hold a bachelor's degree.
Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as clergy as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.
Here are the top college degrees held by the 71% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
This table shows the college majors held by people working as clergy. If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!
With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as clergy, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.
Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.
Which states hire the most clergy? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as clergy. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where clergy earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio
We use two methods to compare salaries across states:
In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for clergy compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for clergy.
We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which clergy earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this figure might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
We’ve found that some jobs have a huge number of part-time workers, and typically that is because they are unable to find full-time work or the job itself can’t provide full-time hours. With 14% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 55% of careers.
The median salary for all full-time male workers in the
US exceeds the full-time median salary for women
The situation is a little better for clergy, with the
median salary for men 15%
higher than the median salary for women.