Priest Salary

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How much does a priest make? Priests earn a good salary for their chosen religious profession. Priests are ordained leaders of a church, the title most typically assigned to clergy in the Catholic, Episcopal and Orthodox faiths. Priests conduct religious worship, and perform other spiritual duties associated with beliefs and practices of their religious faith or denomination. Priests administer sacraments to their congregation. Priests provide counseling and spiritual support to members of the church. Priests interpret the doctrine of religion, with knowledge of religious practices they follow. Priests should have a knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions, and how they impact on human culture.

How much does a priest make?

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Priests exist in all or some branches of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Shintoism, and many other religions. The term priest comes from Greek via Latin presbyter, and is the term for "elder". Priests celebration of the Eucharist, conduct weddings and funerals, prepare and delivers sermons, and help members through times of illness and death. Priests are responsible to oversee religious education programs in their church. Priests administer religious rites or ordinances.

Priest Job Duties:

Prepare and deliver sermons and other talks.

Organize and lead regular religious services.

Pray and promote spirituality.

Study and interpret religious laws, doctrines, and/or traditions.

Conduct special ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and confirmations.

Counsel individuals and groups concerning their spiritual, emotional, and personal needs.

Visit people in homes, hospitals, and prisons to provide them with comfort and support.

Train leaders of church, community, and youth groups.

Instruct people who seek conversion to a particular faith.

Read from sacred texts such as the Bible.

Administer religious rites or ordinances.

Share information about religious issues by writing articles, giving speeches, or teaching.

Organize and engage in interfaith, community, civic, educational, and recreational activities sponsored by or related to their religion.

Plan and lead religious education programs for their congregations.

Perform administrative duties such as overseeing building management, ordering supplies, contracting for services and repairs, and supervising the work of staff members and volunteers.

Collaborate with committees and individuals to address financial and administrative issues pertaining to congregations.

Priests generally earn a four-year college degree. Priests additionally do Master's level work in pastoral counseling, theology, and other related subjects. Employment of priests will increase in 2008 to 2018, about as fast as average for most occupations.

How much does a priest make per hour?

A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for a priest was $22.58.

Industry And Hourly Wages

Religious Organizations $22.38

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $22.45

Home Health Care Services $22.36

Nursing Care Facilities $20.13

State Government (OES Designation) $25.03

How much does a priest make per year?

The median yearly salary for priest according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $46,960.

Industry And Annual Wages

Religious Organizations $46,550

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $46,690

Home Health Care Services $46,510

Nursing Care Facilities $41,860

State Government (OES Designation) $52,060

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