Worship Pastor Salary (United States)

Salaries for Worship Pastors in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $41,131 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $24,294 to $60,473 per year. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by more than half, and 19 percent earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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. Employees of Christian Church can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $33,400; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $11,074 to $55K.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor

Survey takers who work as Worship Pastors usually report a few specific skills. The majority of those who know Leadership also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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Worship Pastors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Worship Pastors in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $39K to just $41K. Salary comes to $45K after 10 to 20 years. Though minimal, Worship Pastors continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $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. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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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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