Worship Pastor Salary (United States)

Earnings for Worship Pastors in the United States typically come in at around $41,131 per year. The range in pay spans from $24,294 to $60,473 per year. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Around two-thirds enjoy medical while around one third get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about one in five. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,247 - $60,415
MEDIAN: $41,180
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$24,247 - $60,415  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$24,294 - $60,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 379
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Job Description for Worship Pastor

  • Promote the Church and its mission through spiritual leadership and as-needed consultation.
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, and other services.
  • Conduct worship ceremonies and give sermons.
  • Teach through precept and by example.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor

Although Baptist Church boasts the highest average salary in town at $45,978, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $23K or as much as $77K. Christian Church offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $33,400.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor

Survey results suggest that Worship Pastors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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For many Worship Pastors, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Early in their career, Worship Pastors do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $39K, pay reaches $41K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $45K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Worship Pastors after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $51K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 29%
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