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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

21-2011 Clergy

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.


National estimates for Clergy
Industry profile for Clergy
Geographic profile for Clergy

National estimates for Clergy: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Clergy:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
52,260 2.1 % $ 27.19 $ 56,560 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Clergy:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.66 $ 18.32 $ 24.97 $ 32.20 $ 43.04
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,410 $ 38,110 $ 51,940 $ 66,980 $ 89,510


Industry profile for Clergy: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Clergy are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Clergy, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Clergy:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 24,020 12.80 $ 26.01 $ 54,100
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,030 0.14 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Home Health Care Services 7,630 0.51 $ 28.64 $ 59,570
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,900 0.02 $ 26.77 $ 55,680
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,860 0.12 $ 28.45 $ 59,180

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Clergy:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 24,020 12.80 $ 26.01 $ 54,100
Home Health Care Services 7,630 0.51 $ 28.64 $ 59,570
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,030 0.14 $ 27.68 $ 57,580
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 1,860 0.12 $ 28.45 $ 59,180
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 270 0.11 $ 29.47 $ 61,290

Top paying industries for Clergy:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,030 0.05 $ 39.76 $ 82,710
Social Advocacy Organizations 70 0.03 $ 35.78 $ 74,430
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.03 $ 30.62 $ 63,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 280 0.11 $ 29.81 $ 62,000
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 270 0.11 $ 29.47 $ 61,290


Geographic profile for Clergy: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Clergy are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Clergy, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Clergy:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,160 0.44 1.16 $ 34.98 $ 72,760
New York 7,090 0.82 2.17 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Oregon 4,040 2.23 5.94 $ 25.60 $ 53,250
Florida 3,100 0.37 0.98 $ 26.31 $ 54,730
Texas 2,900 0.24 0.64 $ 27.36 $ 56,900




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Clergy:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 4,040 2.23 5.94 $ 25.60 $ 53,250
Montana 640 1.41 3.75 $ 24.78 $ 51,550
Hawaii 580 1.00 2.67 $ 24.42 $ 50,800
New York 7,090 0.82 2.17 $ 27.46 $ 57,120
Rhode Island 350 0.78 2.07 $ 28.08 $ 58,400




Top paying states for Clergy:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.20 0.54 $ 35.54 $ 73,920
California 7,160 0.44 1.16 $ 34.98 $ 72,760
Washington 580 0.18 0.49 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
Delaware 50 0.13 0.34 $ 30.98 $ 64,440
Massachusetts 580 0.17 0.46 $ 30.25 $ 62,920





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Clergy:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,950 0.56 1.49 $ 28.04 $ 58,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,260 0.56 1.49 $ 37.94 $ 78,910
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,920 0.44 1.17 $ 28.97 $ 60,260
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,660 1.45 3.86 $ 28.32 $ 58,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,030 0.38 1.01 $ 27.08 $ 56,330
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 990 0.28 0.73 $ 25.72 $ 53,490
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 910 0.39 1.04 $ 34.71 $ 72,200
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 910 0.36 0.96 $ 30.16 $ 62,740
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 840 1.69 4.51 $ 23.99 $ 49,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.43 1.14 $ 24.69 $ 51,360




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Clergy:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grants Pass, OR 100 3.78 10.07 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Corvallis, OR 110 3.28 8.72 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Albany, OR 130 3.02 8.03 $ 20.85 $ 43,380
Medford, OR 250 2.94 7.83 $ 26.30 $ 54,700
Salem, OR 460 2.75 7.33 $ 28.03 $ 58,290
Great Falls, MT 90 2.47 6.58 $ 24.18 $ 50,290
Eugene, OR 310 2.08 5.55 $ 23.92 $ 49,750
Elmira, NY 60 1.91 5.09 $ 24.22 $ 50,370
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 840 1.69 4.51 $ 23.99 $ 49,890
Bend-Redmond, OR 120 1.52 4.05 $ 26.45 $ 55,010




Top paying metropolitan areas for Clergy:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa, CA 50 0.25 0.66 $ 43.95 $ 91,410
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 120 0.41 1.10 $ 42.81 $ 89,050
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.33 0.89 $ 40.14 $ 83,480
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,260 0.56 1.49 $ 37.94 $ 78,910
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.31 0.81 $ 35.65 $ 74,150
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 250 0.23 0.60 $ 35.60 $ 74,050
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 910 0.39 1.04 $ 34.71 $ 72,200
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 390 0.39 1.03 $ 34.66 $ 72,090
Salinas, CA 60 0.34 0.90 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 270 0.14 0.37 $ 34.22 $ 71,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Clergy:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 390 3.70 9.85 $ 20.90 $ 43,480
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 340 5.78 15.39 $ 21.90 $ 45,560
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 220 3.17 8.43 $ 19.92 $ 41,430
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.20 3.19 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.34 3.57 $ 25.71 $ 53,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Clergy:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 340 5.78 15.39 $ 21.90 $ 45,560
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 390 3.70 9.85 $ 20.90 $ 43,480
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 220 3.17 8.43 $ 19.92 $ 41,430
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.71 4.56 $ 25.59 $ 53,230
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 1.48 3.93 $ 19.97 $ 41,530

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Clergy:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.63 $ 29.98 $ 62,360
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 0.91 $ 29.84 $ 62,060
North Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 1.30 $ 29.45 $ 61,250
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 170 1.14 3.03 $ 27.74 $ 57,690
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 0.47 $ 27.58 $ 57,370


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021