Clergy Salary and Benefits
All parochial clergy of the Archdiocese of the United States and its Suffragan Dioceses are required by canon law to be contracted by their parish vestry for salary and benefits according to the canon law of the Church.
Only Incardinated and Licensed priests may be appointed by their local Diocesan bishop to a parochial assignment. Archdiocesan priests who are appointed to a parish on a part-time basis are termed Vicars. Once a parish has a vestry, the vestry is required to contract its Vicar for the minimum canonical stipend of $600.00 per month (for regular part-time priest, celebrating the Holy Eucharist every Sunday). Vicars will also receive an additional stipend for feast days. Additionally, all priests may receive stipends for mass intentions, baptisms, weddings and funerals, according to Diocesan norm. So, a dedicated Vicar can earn a salary from his part-time assignment that can range from $600.00 to $2,000.00 per month. The average annual salary of a Vicar is $13,200.00.
Archdiocesan priests who are appointed to a parish on a full-time basis are termed Rectors, and their salaries are negotiated with the Vestry in consultation with the local Diocesan bishop based upon the financial standing of the parish and the credentials of the priest. According to the Archdiocesan norm, the minimum annual salary for a beginning Rector is $24,000.00. However, a Rector's contract may also include a stipend for housing, food and gas. Of course, a Rector may also receive stipends for mass intentions, baptisms, weddings and funerals, according to Diocesan norm. All parish clergy are usually given a mobile phone at the expense of the parish. Further, by federal law, all clergy may deduct their expenses from housing and utilities when these are not provided for by the parish. The average annual salary of a Rector is $40,000.00.
The Archdiocese of the United States is currently in the process of organizing a group plan for medical and dental benefits for all clergy, lay employees, missionaries, volunteers and their families. Parish Vestries are required to offer their Rector a ministerial contract that includes salary and benefits. While parish Vestries are not required to offer medical or dental benefits to their part-time Vicar and clergy, they are encouraged to do so if financially possible. A Vicar could also accept a part-time contract for benefits instead of salary. Within the year, the Archdiocese will also offer life insurance and a retirement plan for clergy and lay employees.
Military Chaplains are provided salary and benefits according to their respective rank in the U.S. Military. Hospital Chaplains are provided salary and benefits from their respective employers.
401 (K) Plan
OCC Clergy Pension
30 Days Paid Vacation (Parochial Clergy)
Since there has been a change in federal law concerning "associations," which would permit our the Archdiocese of the United States to offer a medical coverage to all OCC clergy in the United States, our chancery is still in the process of finding a solution to this problem so that parochial and non-parochial clergy would have access to the same benefits.
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