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Religious Nonprofit Salaries: How Much Do Leaders Of Some Of The Top NGOs Get Paid?

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According to the Department of Labor, the average clergyperson in the United States made just below $48,000 last year.

Annual pay for Catholic priests is often lower, with some making $20,000 or $30,000 each year, while megachurch pastors typically bring in pay in the low six-figures, as do many Reform and Conservative rabbis, according to recent surveys. Among some of the biggest televangelists and best-selling religious authors, it's not unusual to be a millionaire.

But unlike most nonprofits, which are required to file public tax statements (990 forms) to the Internal Revenue Service, churches are houses of worship are largely exempt from that requirement, making it hard to pinpoint details about their finances. Still, there are plenty of faith-based charities, nonprofits, media ministries and social justice organizations that are required to make their salaries public, with payments for top leaders regularly exceeding anything made by the average pastor.

HuffPost Religion has culled through pay for some of the largest and best-known faith-based nonprofits, many which are led by clergy. What's listed below includes base salaries as well as other types of earnings, including retirement account contributions, deferred compensation and benefits. Many of these people also earn additional money from other ventures, such as book sales, educational institutions and religious and nonreligious organizations with which they're affiliated.

While it's not a definitive guide -- and though the numbers don't compare to the incredibly high pay of corporate CEOs in the U.S. -- the list below represents a sampling of how, for a select few, being a religious "do-gooder," media mogul or professional evangelist can mean a living quite a comfortable life.

Do-Gooders Making Good

NameNon-ProfitAnnual Income
Franklin GrahamSamaritan's Purse2,884 in 2012
Mike NovakEducational Media Foundation9,423 in 2011
Robert AronsonBirthright Israel Foundation6,838 in 2011
Gordon RobertsonChristian Broadcasting Network9,644 in 2011
Paul Crouch / Jan CrouchTrinity Broadcasting Network0,100 for Paul, 7,884 for Jan in 2011
Denny RydbergYoung Life5,132 in 2011
Ruth MessingerAmerican Jewish World Service1,684 in 2011
Charles StanleyIn Touch Ministries6,468 in 2010
Les SteckelFellowship of Christian Athletes5,201 in 2011
Jim DalyFocus on the Family5,753 in 2011
Father Larry SnyderCatholic Charities USA9,929 in 2010
Alexander HillIntervarsity Christian Fellowship/USA8,809 in 2011
How Much Leaders Of The Biggest Religious Nonprofits Get Paid
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