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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Clergy:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
50,790 2.0 % $ 27.51 $ 57,230 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Clergy:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.64 $ 18.66 $ 23.90 $ 30.56 $ 38.90
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,450 $ 38,800 $ 49,720 $ 63,560 $ 80,920


Industry profile for Clergy:

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 22,750 12.67 $ 26.77 $ 55,680
Home Health Care Services 8,670 0.57 $ 28.82 $ 59,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,220 0.15 $ 28.11 $ 58,470
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,010 0.02 $ 23.07 $ 47,980
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,280 0.04 $ 28.55 $ 59,390

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 22,750 12.67 $ 26.77 $ 55,680
Home Health Care Services 8,670 0.57 $ 28.82 $ 59,940
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 8,220 0.15 $ 28.11 $ 58,470
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 230 0.12 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 220 0.09 $ 30.41 $ 63,260

Top paying industries for Clergy:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,110 0.05 $ 40.44 $ 84,110
Social Advocacy Organizations 90 0.04 $ 34.07 $ 70,860
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 200 0.07 $ 31.75 $ 66,050
Offices of Physicians 180 0.01 $ 31.44 $ 65,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises 330 0.01 $ 30.69 $ 63,840


Geographic profile for Clergy:

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.



Map of employment of clergy by state, May 2021


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)
New York 6,960 0.80 2.23 $ 30.15 $ 62,720
California 5,880 0.36 0.99 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Oregon 4,250 2.33 6.46 $ 26.89 $ 55,940
Florida 2,900 0.34 0.94 $ 24.58 $ 51,130
Texas 2,880 0.24 0.65 $ 25.59 $ 53,230


Map of location quotient of clergy by state, May 2021


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 4,250 2.33 6.46 $ 26.89 $ 55,940
Montana 560 1.20 3.32 $ 28.94 $ 60,190
New York 6,960 0.80 2.23 $ 30.15 $ 62,720
Hawaii 340 0.62 1.73 $ 30.61 $ 63,660
Rhode Island 280 0.60 1.67 $ 29.82 $ 62,030


Map of annual mean wages of clergy by state, May 2021


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 0.21 0.58 $ 34.47 $ 71,710
California 5,880 0.36 0.99 $ 34.32 $ 71,380
Washington 720 0.22 0.62 $ 34.08 $ 70,890
New Mexico 120 0.16 0.43 $ 31.28 $ 65,070
Vermont 40 0.12 0.34 $ 31.00 $ 64,480



Map of employment of clergy by area, May 2021


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 4,960 0.57 1.59 $ 32.28 $ 67,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,300 0.40 1.12 $ 37.77 $ 78,560
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,860 0.44 1.22 $ 24.92 $ 51,840
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,840 1.63 4.54 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 950 0.36 0.99 $ 28.62 $ 59,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 810 0.45 1.24 $ 25.29 $ 52,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 780 0.35 0.96 $ 34.68 $ 72,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 770 0.26 0.73 $ 26.59 $ 55,300
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 770 0.31 0.87 $ 27.51 $ 57,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 760 0.21 0.59 $ 26.62 $ 55,380


Map of location quotient of clergy by area, May 2021


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)
Corvallis, OR 140 3.88 10.76 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Grants Pass, OR 110 3.77 10.46 $ 26.04 $ 54,150
Bend-Redmond, OR 270 3.19 8.84 $ 27.05 $ 56,260
Albany, OR 130 3.00 8.33 $ 27.01 $ 56,180
Eugene, OR 400 2.72 7.56 $ 27.43 $ 57,060
Medford, OR 200 2.30 6.39 $ 26.91 $ 55,970
Salem, OR 340 2.03 5.64 $ 27.60 $ 57,410
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,840 1.63 4.54 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Utica-Rome, NY 150 1.32 3.67 $ 22.32 $ 46,420
Binghamton, NY 120 1.31 3.64 $ 23.15 $ 48,140


Map of annual mean wages of clergy by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Clergy:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 0.62 $ 40.28 $ 83,770
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,300 0.40 1.12 $ 37.77 $ 78,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 420 0.22 0.61 $ 36.31 $ 75,530
Santa Rosa, CA 60 0.34 0.94 $ 36.00 $ 74,880
Stockton-Lodi, CA 80 0.32 0.88 $ 35.82 $ 74,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 780 0.35 0.96 $ 34.68 $ 72,120
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 540 0.39 1.08 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 60 0.32 0.88 $ 33.92 $ 70,550
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 90 0.29 0.81 $ 33.40 $ 69,470
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.19 0.53 $ 33.37 $ 69,410

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 460 4.16 11.53 $ 25.05 $ 52,090
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 310 1.84 5.10 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 220 3.63 10.08 $ 24.37 $ 50,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.49 4.13 $ 21.10 $ 43,890
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.26 3.49 $ 24.37 $ 50,690

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)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 460 4.16 11.53 $ 25.05 $ 52,090
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 220 3.63 10.08 $ 24.37 $ 50,700
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 150 2.21 6.14 $ 24.90 $ 51,800
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 310 1.84 5.10 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 200 1.49 4.13 $ 21.10 $ 43,890

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Clergy:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 1.45 4.03 $ 29.38 $ 61,110
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 1.54 $ 28.88 $ 60,070
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 1.02 $ 28.69 $ 59,670
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 1.22 $ 28.43 $ 59,140
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.09 $ 27.74 $ 57,700


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022