Music Ministry Director Salary
Music Ministry Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $36K per year, but may range from $15K to $65K per year. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. About one-half enjoy medical while around one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about an eighth. There are more male Music Ministry Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Music Ministry Director
Music ministry directors are responsible for directing music in ministries and churches. They must be familiar with instruments such as the organ or piano, as most churches have these instruments in their congregations, and they may also conduct a choir if the church has one. They are typically tasked with selecting the music to be sung by the choir and played by the organist or pianist, and they may need the ability to read music themselves and ensure that it is understood by everyone playing it. They also practice with the choir and instrumentalists before church services begin.Read More...
Music ministry directors typically keep records and have a budget for repairing instruments and keeping them in-tune, and some churches place heavy emphasis on the preparation of these performances. There may be weekly meetings to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and many music ministry directors have a private office for budgeting and record-keeping. They may also provide lessons to keep everyone involved and returning to church.
Music Ministry Director Tasks
- Select and orchestrate the musical portion of church services and special events.
- Direct the choir and lead worship teams.
- Lead musical rehearsals.
Common Career Paths for Music Ministry Director
Though it's uncommon, some Music Ministry Directors move into roles as Worship Pastors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $41K per year. A lot of Music Ministry Directors advance their careers by becoming Directors of Music Ministry and Worship Coordinators. However, those positions offer $4K less and $3K less per year on average.
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Pay by Experience Level for Music Ministry Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $29K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $42K. Music Ministry Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $39K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.