Worship Pastor Salary

Worship Pastors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up one-half of Worship Pastors. Pay fluctuates from $23K to $67K per year, but expected earnings average $42K per year. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by nearly one in three. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,298 - $67,318
$23K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $42,277
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$10.55 - $25.63
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MEDIAN: $15.01
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$0$67K
Salary $23,298 - $67,318
Bonus $99.33 - $2,959
Total Pay (?
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$23,236 - $67,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 736
Hourly Data $0$25
Hourly Rate $10.55 - $25.63
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $99.33 - $2,959
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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$23,236 - $67,097
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 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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It's not very common for Worship Pastors to move on to become Senior Pastors. Average pay for a Senior Pastor is $52K annually. A more likely transition for Worship Pastors is Pastor or Associate Pastor.

Worship Pastor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor


First Baptist Church attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $58K.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Survey results show that Worship Pastors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Leadership, Administration, and Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Team Management, Graphic Design, and Video Editing. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled in Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

Pay by Experience for a Worship Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Worship Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 233 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Worship Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 293 salaries. An experienced Worship Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 273 salaries. A Worship Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 99 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,893

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

For Worship Pastors, busy Nashville offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Worship Pastors will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+31 percent), St. Louis (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (9 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 percent lower).

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 127 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries

▲34%

▲11%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries


▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Administration
▼1%


musician
▼3%

MUSIC
▼8%

Graphic Design
▼9%

Video Editing
▼9%

Team Management
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
no benefits
None: 38%
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