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What is a Clergy?

Job Description & Duties 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.

Clergy Responsibilities

  • Read from sacred texts such as the Bible, Torah, or Koran.
  • Organize and lead regular religious services.
  • Study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, or traditions.
  • Visit people in homes, hospitals, or prisons to provide them with comfort and support.
  • Plan or lead religious education programs.
  • Organize or engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, or recreational activities sponsored by or related to religious programs.

What a Clergy Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Clergy say are important on the job.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Worship Leader
  • Chaplain
  • Marriage Counselor Minister
  • Cantor
  • Worship Pastor

Clergy Employment Estimates

There were about 243,900 jobs for Clergy in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19,900 new jobs for Clergy by 2026. The BLS estimates 29,200 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Clergy in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Clergy are Texas, New York, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Wyoming, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Clergy Salary

The typical yearly salary for Clergy is somewhere between $26,160 and $85,040. A Clergy median salary is $48,990.

Salary Ranges for Clergy

How much do Clergy make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

California

$67,140

Washington

$62,240

District of Columbia

$61,500

Massachusetts

$60,600

Connecticut

$59,250

New Jersey

$59,180

Wyoming

$57,740

New York

$57,550

New Hampshire

$57,390

Georgia

$56,270

Delaware

$56,150

South Carolina

$56,050

Colorado

$55,690

Texas

$54,370

Rhode Island

$54,300

Maine

$54,300

Arizona

$53,290

Louisiana

$52,950

Alaska

$52,810

Nevada

$52,370

New Mexico

$52,350

Oregon

$52,040

Maryland

$52,020

Florida

$51,570

Illinois

$51,190

Pennsylvania

$49,920

Missouri

$49,900

Wisconsin

$49,690

Montana

$49,620

Iowa

$49,540

Tennessee

$49,080

Kentucky

$48,910

North Carolina

$48,540

South Dakota

$48,420

Oklahoma

$48,140

Indiana

$48,130

North Dakota

$48,020

Minnesota

$47,580

Hawaii

$47,360

Alabama

$47,140

Vermont

$46,940

Ohio

$46,570

Mississippi

$46,470

Kansas

$45,390

Idaho

$45,230

Nebraska

$45,050

Arkansas

$44,660

Virginia

$43,640

Michigan

$41,040

West Virginia

$40,910

What Tools do Clergy Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Clergy may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

How do I Become a Clergy?

Individuals working as Clergy have obtained the following education levels:

Clergy Degree Level

How many years of work experience do I need?

Clergy Work Experience

Where Clergy Work

Clergy Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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