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- Religious organizations in the US employ a wide variety of workers.
- Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found what the typical worker in a variety of occupations employed by religious organizations earns.
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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:
30. Childcare workers make an annual salary of $23,660.
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Total employed in the US: 7,470
What they do, according to O*NET: Childcare workers take care of young children, usually dressing, feeding, or playing with them. In addition to monitoring their play, childcare workers talk to parents or guardians about their children.
29. Teacher assistants make an annual salary of $24,790.
Total employed in the US: 4,320
What they do, according to O*NET: Teacher assistants help teachers in classrooms with teaching and monitoring children, sometimes as part of a career path to becoming teachers themselves.
28. Receptionists and information clerks make an annual salary of $26,430.
Total employed in the US: 3,300
What they do, according to O*NET: Receptionists and information clerks greet people and answer questions either on the phone or in person. They also might schedule meetings and appointments, file records, and manage complaints.
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