While ministers and clergy are the figureheads of America’s many houses of worship, there’s a whole team of workers who keep churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples running from day to day.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program, we found out what those workers all earn.
According to that report, houses of worship employed a total of 196,460 Americans in May 2018, the most recent period for which data is available. Median annual pay across all workers in the industry was $35,850, somewhat below the median in all industries of $38,640.
Here’s the median annual pay for each occupation tracked by the BLS with at least 1,000 employees in the religious organizations industry, ranked from lowest- to highest-paying, along with how many employees there are in religious organizations: