Plumbers make more money than university lecturers. So do pastors.
Americans have some tendencies to equate income with intelligence.
There are outliers who make money by going for the sensational and the glandular, like Miley Cyrus.
As a university lecturer, I might as well have the belief system of a pastor.
Worthwhile knowledge, its retention, and its real-world impacts are nebulous things, terribly hard to quantify. Outcomes are easily attributable to other factors.
Which is why people don’t ultimately accept “knowledge is power,” and why they remain skeptical of the value of education. The monkey with the shiniest toys didn’t necessarily excel in school, and that common observation places a little wrinkle somewhere in the brain.
In the U.S., the annual mean wage paid to clergy is $47,730.
At large churches, however, where they have “executive” positions, which help establish egos and golf club memberships, compensation is at least $110,000.
At other churches, senior pastors (first among equals, some being more equal than others) earn between $265,000 and $1.1 million.
The average U.S. income for individuals is $40,563, and the average family income is $82,843.
The annual mean wage for plumbers is $53,240.
As a university lecturer, I often deal with material similar to what plumbers have to deal with: clogs, stagnation, rust, and excrement.
Only the material I’m exposed to is metaphorically clogged up, stagnated, rusted, or just plain shit.
One thing is for certain. Pastors have a unique position. If your job involves prodding and provoking vulnerable hearts, your income has a shot at being slightly above average.
Move hearts and you’ll change wallets, whether you’re Miley Cyrus or an Executive Pastor.
By the way, everyone should be disgusted by the title Executive Pastor, except no one is, because churches are marketed and operated precisely like organizations designed to make money: corporations.
Some ancient fool said you cannot serve both God and money. Good thing we have plenty of Executive Pastors to straighten Him out.