Clergy

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
444k
Average Age
51.2
Estimated Job Growth
3.98%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$47,292
Average Male Salary
$49,652
Average Female Salary
$37,557

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Clergy and on wages and locations for those in the field. Religious organizations is the industry that employs the most Clergy, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Clergy, by average wage, is Offices of other health practitioners. Clergy are paid most in Inside Loop I-410 PUMA, TX (79500US4805905) but are relatively concentrated in Cherokee, Newberry, Chester & Union Counties PUMA, SC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,292
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,361

In 2020, Clergy earned an average of $47,292, $8,662 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Engine & other machine assemblers make somewhat more than Clergy while Eligibility interviewers, government programs make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Clergy as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.345
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Clergy had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.345, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Clergy (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Clergy.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Clergy.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

444k
2020 Workforce
± 16,335
2.25%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.12%

The number of people employed as Clergy has been growing at a rate of 2.25%, from 434,231 people in 2019 to 443,993 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Clergy employed by various industries. Religious organizations employs the largest share of Clergy at  91.7%, followed by General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 2.11% and Nursing Care Facilities with 1.21%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Clergy in the US. The average age of male Clergy in the workforce is 51.4 and of female Clergy is 50.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Clergy is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

357k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 14,659
86.6k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,224

80.5% of Clergy are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Clergy.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Clergy
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

74.2% of Clergy are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10.2% of Clergy, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Clergy.

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Age by Sex

51.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.611
50.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.26

The median age of Clergy is 51.2, and Male employees are generally 0.99 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Clergy from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Clergy is Theology but a relatively high number of Clergy hold a major in Theology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Clergy from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Clergy need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness, Speaking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Clergy need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Social Perceptiveness.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Clergy from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Clergy are expected to see a growth of 3.98% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

3.98%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Clergy. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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