For Worship Pastors, annual average wages total $41K per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by approximately one in three. Work is enjoyable for Worship Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,843 - $66,073
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$66K
MEDIAN: $41,310
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$21,843 - $66,073  
   
Bonus
$194.42 - $2,948  
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$21,625 - $65,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$16.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$194.42 - $2,948  
   
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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$21,625 - $65,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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.

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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. When Worship Pastors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Pastors or Associate Pastors. Those roles pay an additional $5K and $1K, respectively.

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Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $52K, Christian Church still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $34K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Survey results show that Worship Pastors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Leadership, Team Leadership, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include MUSIC, Video Editing, and musician. Most people familiar with Leadership also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $36K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $41K on average. On average, Worship Pastors make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,068

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 Nashville (+18 percent) and St. Louis (+15 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Employers in Phoenix and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Worship Pastor Reviews

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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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

Graphic Design
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Leadership
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Administration
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National Average
$41,000

Worship Planning and Leading
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musician
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Video Editing
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MUSIC
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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