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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.

Resources

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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 130 $41,650
Hoover 130 $41,650
Mobile 40 $46,500
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 50 $55,090
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 910 $38,710
Scottsdale 910 $38,710
Mesa 910 $38,710
Tucson 90 $46,280
Prescott N/A $45,980
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 40 $29,340
North Little Rock 40 $29,340
Little Rock 40 $29,340
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1560 $55,730
Long Beach 1560 $55,730
Los Angeles 1560 $55,730
Oakland 850 $38,590
San Francisco 850 $38,590
Hayward 850 $38,590
San Bernardino 380 $45,800
Ontario 380 $45,800
Riverside 380 $45,800
Carlsbad 360 $53,720
San Diego 360 $53,720
San Jose 260 $56,080
Sunnyvale 260 $56,080
Santa Clara 260 $56,080
Roseville 240 $49,180
Sacramento 240 $49,180
Arden 240 $49,180
Arcade 240 $49,180
Fresno 180 N/A
Bakersfield 110 $60,410
Stockton 80 $53,430
Lodi 80 $53,430
Santa Rosa 70 $49,010
Salinas 70 $62,870
Ventura 50 $58,940
Oxnard 50 $58,940
Thousand Oaks 50 $58,940
Chico 40 $32,790
Visalia 40 $56,410
Porterville 40 $56,410
Santa Maria 40 $66,790
Santa Barbara 40 $66,790
Fairfield 30 $63,210
Vallejo 30 $63,210
Santa Cruz 30 $71,010
Watsonville 30 $71,010
Arroyo Grande N/A $57,310
San Luis Obispo N/A $57,310
Paso Robles N/A $57,310
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 220 $51,610
Aurora 220 $51,610
Denver 220 $51,610
Colorado Springs 40 $46,940
Fort Collins 40 $49,160
Boulder 40 $54,760
Pueblo 30 $58,370
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 140 $56,480
East Hartford 140 $56,480
West Hartford 140 $56,480
Stamford 100 $46,430
Bridgeport 100 $46,430
Norwalk 100 $46,430
New Haven 80 $62,010
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 540 $43,240
Fort Lauderdale 540 $43,240
West Palm Beach 540 $43,240
Sanford 390 $44,730
Kissimmee 390 $44,730
Orlando 390 $44,730
Tampa 340 $46,890
Clearwater 340 $46,890
St. Petersburg 340 $46,890
Jacksonville 190 $42,290
Ferry Pass 100 $39,170
Pensacola 100 $39,170
Brent 100 $39,170
North Port 90 $43,100
Bradenton 90 $43,100
Sarasota 90 $43,100
Daytona Beach 80 $43,990
Deltona 80 $43,990
Ormond Beach 80 $43,990
Marco Island 50 $35,410
Immokalee 50 $35,410
Naples 50 $35,410
Winter Haven 50 $37,020
Lakeland 50 $37,020
Cape Coral 50 $50,390
Fort Myers 50 $50,390
Melbourne 40 $39,670
Titusville 40 $39,670
Palm Bay 40 $39,670
Tallahassee 40 $40,940
Port St. Lucie 40 $42,670
Gainesville 40 $49,540
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 280 $45,130
Sandy Springs 280 $45,130
Atlanta 280 $45,130
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 380 $51,830
Lahaina N/A $43,210
Wailuku N/A $43,210
Kahului N/A $43,210
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 110 $39,300
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 60 N/A
Rockford 50 $42,400
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 330 $45,650
Carmel 330 $45,650
Indianapolis 330 $45,650
Fort Wayne 80 $39,800
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 70 $50,390
Des Moines 70 $50,390
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 60 $40,600
Topeka 40 $44,910
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 100 $45,470
Lexington 100 $45,470
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 120 $45,660
Metairie 50 $30,380
New Orleans 50 $30,380
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 370 $40,620
Columbia 370 $40,620
Baltimore 370 $40,620
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 860 $42,350
Detroit 860 $42,350
Dearborn 860 $42,350
Grand Rapids 420 $38,220
Wyoming 420 $38,220
Kalamazoo 100 $43,410
Portage 100 $43,410
Flint 80 $40,510
East Lansing 70 $35,870
Lansing 70 $35,870
Jackson 70 $39,180
Ann Arbor 70 $47,920
Muskegon 40 $56,660
Monroe N/A $23,740
Saginaw N/A $31,070
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 40 $55,530
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 60 $46,620
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 90 $41,260
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 90 $51,200
Missoula 80 $35,620
Great Falls 60 $43,260
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 50 $44,130
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 100 $48,050
Henderson 100 $48,050
Las Vegas 100 $48,050
Reno 30 $54,190
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 120 $51,140
Hammonton 50 $34,940
Atlantic City 50 $34,940
Ocean City 30 $52,210
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 60 $49,190
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 600 $47,770
Buffalo 600 $47,770
Niagara Falls 600 $47,770
Rochester 510 $44,250
Schenectady 510 $47,950
Albany 510 $47,950
Troy 510 $47,950
Syracuse 300 $38,520
Utica 120 $35,500
Rome 120 $35,500
Binghamton 90 $42,450
Kingston 70 N/A
Elmira 40 $48,230
Ithaca 40 $56,100
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 110 $49,160
Chapel Hill 90 $41,940
Durham 90 $41,940
Greensboro 70 $47,820
High Point 70 $47,820
Salem 60 $48,630
Winston 60 $48,630
Asheville 40 $46,910
Greenville 30 $58,630
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 300 $39,250
Elyria 240 $47,850
Cleveland 240 $47,850
Dayton 210 $33,700
Akron 120 $41,250
Toledo 90 $40,000
Canton 80 $36,520
Massillon 80 $36,520
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 150 $45,690
Tulsa 70 $42,250
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 480 $48,390
Eugene 410 $32,920
Redmond 210 $34,250
Bend 210 $34,250
Medford 200 $43,470
Albany 150 $36,100
Corvallis 120 $53,030
Grants Pass 60 $34,740
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 370 $34,740
Harrisburg 140 $44,210
Carlisle 140 $44,210
Lancaster 110 $38,230
Hazleton 70 $34,610
Barre 70 $34,610
Wilkes 70 $34,610
Scranton 70 $34,610
Reading 60 $40,800
York 50 $42,100
Hanover 50 $42,100
Erie 40 $43,640
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 70 $29,620
Carolina 70 $29,620
San Juan 70 $29,620
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 160 $42,300
Greenville 90 $34,600
Anderson 90 $34,600
Mauldin 90 $34,600
Charleston 90 $52,580
North Charleston 90 $52,580
Spartanburg 40 $45,600
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 110 $39,640
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 150 $40,670
Murfreesboro 150 $40,670
Davidson 150 $40,670
Nashville 150 $40,670
Knoxville 60 $42,670
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 720 $46,830
Arlington 720 $46,830
Fort Worth 720 $46,830
Sugar Land 420 $53,810
The Woodlands 420 $53,810
Houston 420 $53,810
Austin 210 $47,860
Round Rock 210 $47,860
New Braunfels 190 $49,880
San Antonio 190 $49,880
Brownsville 60 $30,500
Harlingen 60 $30,500
Killeen 60 $46,070
Temple 60 $46,070
Lubbock 50 $49,340
Amarillo 40 $44,300
Abilene 30 $30,290
El Paso 30 $44,370
Port Arthur 30 $46,530
Beaumont 30 $46,530
Denison 30 $49,610
Sherman 30 $49,610
Longview N/A $42,940
Bryan N/A $57,090
College Station N/A $57,090
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 80 $47,540
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 130 $45,590
Roanoke 110 $41,910
Lynchburg 30 $36,980
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 290 $58,740
Tacoma 290 $58,740
Seattle 290 $58,740
Richland 30 $46,950
Kennewick 30 $46,950
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 190 $49,300
West Allis 190 $49,300
Milwaukee 190 $49,300
Madison 120 $39,780
Green Bay 30 $46,930
Eau Claire 30 $51,090

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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Most Popular Industries for :
Clergy

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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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