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Roman Catholic Priests


Religious priests take a vow of poverty and are supported by their orders. Any salary that they may receive for writing or other activities is usually turned over to their religious orders. Diocesan priests receive small salaries calculated to cover their basic needs. These salaries vary according to the size of the parish, as well as its location and financial status. reports that Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, earned $52,000 in 2014; those in the Diocese of Los Angeles earned $35,672. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that salaries for all clergy ranged from less than $22,380 to $77,220 or more in May 2015. 

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