Worship Pastor Salary

Men account for the majority of Worship Pastors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $41K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most Worship Pastors report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and one-third receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,208 - $62,097
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,261
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$9.95 - $25.25
(Median)
$9
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,208 - $62,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
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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$24,128 - $61,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$8.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
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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$24,128 - $61,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Worship Pastor


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Worship Pastors who advance into the role of a Senior Pastor are fairly uncommon. Senior Pastors on average earn $52K per year. Becoming a Pastor or an Associate Pastor is, however, a more typical career progression for Worship Pastors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor


Christian Church seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $34K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $15K and $52K.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Survey results imply that Worship Pastors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Team Leadership, Leadership, and Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Worship Pastors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $38K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. Worship Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Worship Pastors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 6%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
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National Average
$41,000

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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