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Clergy

Clergy lead worship based on religious doctrines and provide spiritual and moral guidance and other assistance. They perform religious ceremonies including weddings, funerals, birth and coming of age rituals. They also collaborate with community leaders on nonreligious issues such as fundraising activities.

Clergy professionals include ministers, priests, pastors, imams and rabbis. Some priests or rabbis are scholars or teachers. Some ministers become missionaries and offer religious and social assistance to people across the world. Chaplains provide spiritual guidance in hospitals, the armed services and schools.

Responsibilities

  • Organize and lead religious services
  • Instruct people that seek conversion to a particular faith
  • Read from sacred text to their congregation
  • Provide counseling to groups and individuals regarding their spiritual, personal and emotional needs
  • Visit people in hospitals, homes and other settings to provide comfort and support
  • Administer religious ordnances or rites
  • Train leaders of church, community and youth groups

Job Characteristics

Clergy professionals are usually excellent public speakers and good listeners. They have compassion for people and have a strong desire to help others. Only unmarried men are allowed to serve as priests in most sects of Catholicism. Only men are allowed to serve as Muslim imams. Women can serve as Anglican priests. Married men can be Anglican or Eastern Orthodox priests.

Some members of the clergy sometimes work 10 to 12 hours a day. They typically work during all or portions of the weekend. They typically work part of the week performing administrative tasks and preparing for services. Clergy members also spend a lot of time on call to help those that are troubled, sick or need spiritual guidance.

Employment Outlook

The growth of employment for clergy from 2008 to 2018 is projected to be about as fast as average for all occupations. In 2008 the median annual earnings for clergy was $41,730.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Each religion has requirements and processes for appointing members of the clergy. Most clergy have at least a bachelor's degree. Many clergy professionals have master's degrees in Theology or Religious Studies, however the educational backgrounds of clergy may vary. They also thoroughly study the relevant sacred texts. They need to have comprehensive knowledge of the beliefs and rites of their group.

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Major Employers

The top employers are religious organizations, hospitals, home health care services, state government and nursing care facilities.

Schools for Clergy are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Clergy

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Clergy jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 140 $44,500
Birmingham 140 $44,500
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $57,340
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 630 $51,540
Mesa 630 $51,540
Phoenix 630 $51,540
Tucson 150 $47,170
Flagstaff 30 $34,550
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 60 $38,170
North Little Rock 60 $38,170
Little Rock 60 $38,170
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1760 $53,840
Long Beach 1760 $53,840
Los Angeles 1760 $53,840
San Francisco 940 $38,960
Hayward 940 $38,960
Oakland 940 $38,960
Riverside 490 $53,360
San Bernardino 490 $53,360
Ontario 490 $53,360
Carlsbad 430 $51,030
San Diego 430 $51,030
Sunnyvale 260 $55,100
San Jose 260 $55,100
Santa Clara 260 $55,100
Sacramento 250 $38,490
Arcade 250 $38,490
Roseville 250 $38,490
Arden 250 $38,490
Fresno 110 $57,050
Bakersfield 100 $62,870
Lodi 70 $50,990
Stockton 70 $50,990
San Luis Obispo 70 $53,050
Paso Robles 70 $53,050
Arroyo Grande 70 $53,050
Santa Rosa 60 $51,090
Oxnard 60 $54,150
Thousand Oaks 60 $54,150
Ventura 60 $54,150
Santa Cruz 60 $58,680
Watsonville 60 $58,680
Modesto 50 $35,910
Chico 50 $35,910
Visalia 50 $37,480
Porterville 50 $37,480
Santa Barbara 50 $58,040
Santa Maria 50 $58,040
Redding 40 $53,030
Salinas 30 $53,140
Vallejo 30 $57,090
Fairfield 30 $57,090
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 230 $52,140
Aurora 230 $52,140
Denver 230 $52,140
Fort Collins 50 $51,130
Colorado Springs 50 $51,160
Pueblo 40 $56,330
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 140 $58,930
West Hartford 140 $58,930
Hartford 140 $58,930
Stamford 120 $46,700
Norwalk 120 $46,700
Bridgeport 120 $46,700
New Haven 100 $56,040
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 510 $46,570
Fort Lauderdale 510 $46,570
Miami 510 $46,570
St. Petersburg 330 $46,290
Clearwater 330 $46,290
Tampa 330 $46,290
Orlando 250 $47,360
Kissimmee 250 $47,360
Sanford 250 $47,360
Jacksonville 200 $46,920
Deltona 100 $44,670
Daytona Beach 100 $44,670
Ormond Beach 100 $44,670
Sarasota 90 $42,900
Bradenton 90 $42,900
North Port 90 $42,900
Pensacola 80 $36,960
Ferry Pass 80 $36,960
Brent 80 $36,960
Melbourne 70 $38,220
Palm Bay 70 $38,220
Titusville 70 $38,220
Port St. Lucie 60 $40,900
Fort Myers 60 $53,160
Cape Coral 60 $53,160
Immokalee 50 $36,190
Marco Island 50 $36,190
Naples 50 $36,190
Winter Haven 50 $38,940
Lakeland 50 $38,940
Tallahassee 40 $43,100
Gainesville 40 $49,410
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 330 $48,070
Sandy Springs 330 $48,070
Atlanta 330 $48,070
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 400 $59,400
Lahaina 70 $51,060
Wailuku 70 $51,060
Kahului 70 $51,060
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 150 $44,330
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 50 $35,030
Rockford 50 $42,550
Springfield 40 $48,440
Bloomington 30 $36,200
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 270 $45,250
Carmel 270 $45,250
Indianapolis 270 $45,250
Fort Wayne 60 $42,950
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 80 $51,290
Des Moines 80 $51,290
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 80 $44,940
Topeka 40 $45,200
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 100 $47,180
Lexington 100 $47,180
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 110 $46,670
Metairie 50 $30,190
New Orleans 50 $30,190
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 400 $42,980
Columbia 400 $42,980
Baltimore 400 $42,980
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 890 $40,600
Dearborn 890 $40,600
Warren 890 $40,600
Wyoming 650 $40,740
Grand Rapids 650 $40,740
Lansing 100 $19,190
East Lansing 100 $19,190
Ann Arbor 100 $43,010
Portage 100 $44,910
Kalamazoo 100 $44,910
Saginaw 80 $36,280
Flint 60 $42,870
Battle Creek 30 $38,630
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 60 $45,780
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 60 $49,880
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 100 $42,790
Joplin 30 $44,210
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 80 $52,680
Missoula 70 $43,710
Great Falls 50 $42,170
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 60 $43,880
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 110 $51,280
Henderson 110 $51,280
Las Vegas 110 $51,280
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 100 $36,100
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 90 $49,170
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 650 $52,630
Cheektowaga 650 $52,630
Buffalo 650 $52,630
Albany 490 $50,360
Troy 490 $50,360
Schenectady 490 $50,360
Rochester 440 $47,190
Syracuse 260 $51,390
Utica 110 N/A
Rome 110 N/A
Binghamton 80 $46,010
Kingston 80 $46,520
Elmira 50 $54,900
Ithaca 40 $45,510
Glens Falls N/A $41,920
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 140 $50,420
Chapel Hill 90 $44,770
Durham 90 $44,770
High Point 90 $45,760
Greensboro 90 $45,760
Salem 60 $48,630
Winston 60 $48,630
Asheville 40 $48,340
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 270 $40,820
Elyria 230 $52,640
Cleveland 230 $52,640
Dayton 220 $38,690
Toledo 120 $43,580
Akron 100 $39,910
Canton 80 $36,900
Massillon 80 $36,900
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 140 $46,480
Tulsa 120 $50,180
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 400 $48,910
Eugene 350 $35,080
Medford 250 $44,400
Redmond 180 $35,260
Bend 180 $35,260
Albany 120 $36,010
Corvallis 80 $55,120
Grants Pass 50 $30,360
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 400 $32,780
Carlisle 170 $33,530
Harrisburg 170 $33,530
Lancaster 140 $38,480
Reading 70 $45,660
Hazleton 60 $39,570
Barre 60 $39,570
Scranton 60 $39,570
Wilkes 60 $39,570
Hanover 50 $43,070
York 50 $43,070
Erie 30 $30,450
State College 30 $43,030
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 80 $27,620
Carolina 80 $27,620
San Juan 80 $27,620
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 170 $43,290
Charleston 100 $52,820
North Charleston 100 $52,820
Mauldin 70 $42,510
Greenville 70 $42,510
Anderson 70 $42,510
Spartanburg 50 $44,190
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 120 $42,020
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 200 $41,930
Murfreesboro 200 $41,930
Davidson 200 $41,930
Nashville 200 $41,930
Knoxville 70 $43,000
Johnson City 30 $46,750
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 660 $47,400
Fort Worth 660 $47,400
Dallas 660 $47,400
Houston 630 $50,480
The Woodlands 630 $50,480
Sugar Land 630 $50,480
Austin 220 $50,130
Round Rock 220 $50,130
San Antonio 180 $52,750
New Braunfels 180 $52,750
Temple 60 $47,180
Killeen 60 $47,180
Corpus Christi 50 $47,630
Abilene 40 $32,470
Longview 40 $44,000
Amarillo 40 $44,610
Tyler 40 $46,370
Port Arthur 40 $47,480
Beaumont 40 $47,480
Lubbock 40 $47,920
Harlingen N/A $39,210
Brownsville N/A $39,210
Bryan N/A $52,790
College Station N/A $52,790
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 110 $47,220
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 190 $40,140
Roanoke 100 $43,580
Charlottesville N/A $44,950
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 240 $64,260
Seattle 240 $64,260
Tacoma 240 $64,260
Spokane Valley 70 $57,720
Spokane 70 $57,720
Kennewick 40 $48,190
Richland 40 $48,190
Walla Walla 40 $51,480
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 180 $54,400
West Allis 180 $54,400
Milwaukee 180 $54,400
Madison 80 $51,990
Green Bay 40 $49,430
Eau Claire N/A $22,160

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Clergy

To find out more about building a career as Clergy, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Non-profit 23,940 57% $38,350
Hospital 6,280 14% $46,080
Medical Office 3,660 8% $43,530
Government 2,710 6% $56,970
Nursing And Residential Care 2,190 5% $39,930
Education 2,030 4% $39,100
Social Service 560 1% $37,260
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