Worship Pastor Salary

Worship Pastors in the United States pull down an average of $41K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Although roughly two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and one-third get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Worship Pastors is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,363 - $66,391
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $41,167
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$10.23 - $24.61
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MEDIAN: $15.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,363 - $66,391  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $2,966  
Total Pay (?
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$20,592 - $66,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 662
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.23 - $24.61  
   
Overtime
$16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$200.00 - $2,966  
   
Total Pay (?
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).
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$20,592 - $66,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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Job Description for Worship Pastor

A worship pastor (sometimes referred to as a “worship leader” or simply a “pastor”) serves their church and its congregation. Some larger churches have more than one pastor, and in this context the worship pastor is generally responsible for leading each week’s worship service. This job includes writing and delivering sermons, as well as many other weekly responsibilities. These include selecting hymns to be sung during the service and coordinating with any bands/musicians who work with the church, and often attending practice with these musicians as well. Worship pastors are often expected to be available to their congregants for many types of pastoral care; in a given week, this could include events which range from weddings and baptisms to graveside services and grief counseling.

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Worship Pastor Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Worship Pastor


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There are some Worship Pastors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Pastors, where earnings are an average $52K annually. Worship Pastors typically move into roles as Pastors or Associate Pastors, and those positions pay $5K more and $1K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor


First Baptist Church offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $57K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Christian Church. While salaries on one end can reach $52K, the company's median pay sits at $34K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Worship Pastors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Administration, Leadership, and musician are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Video Editing and MUSIC. Those educated in Leadership tend to be well versed in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Worship Pastors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $36K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Worship Pastors make a median salary of $45K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,904

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Cincinnati is home to an above-average pay rate for Worship Pastors, 34 percent higher than the national average. Worship Pastors will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+24 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Nashville (+19 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Worship Pastors is geography, with workers in Los Angeles earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Denver and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

Worship Pastor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Worship Pastor?

Worship Pastor in Fort Worth:
"It is somewhat stressful but very rewarding."
Pros: Getting to play music constantly and record original music as well as lead people in worship and train others to enter into worship.
Cons: Staff meetings, disciplinary actions.

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Key Stats for Worship Pastor

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries

▲37%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

▲1%



National Average
$41,000


Graphic Design
▼1%

musician
▼1%

MUSIC
▼6%

Video Editing
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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