What Clergy Do

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 Salaries

  • 2020 employment: 260,600
  • May 2021 median annual wage: $49,720

Job Outlook for Clergy

Projected employment change, 2020-30:

  • Number of new jobs: 6,600
  • Growth rate: 3 percent (Slower than average)

How to Become One of the Clergy

Education and training:

  • Typical entry-level education: Bachelor's degree
  • Work experience in a related occupation: None
  • Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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