Worship Pastor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Worship Pastors earn an average of $42K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geography. The majority of Worship Pastors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-third collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,417 - $61,762
(Median)
$24K
$42K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,968
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$9.89 - $26.50
(Median)
$9
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,417 - $61,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
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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$24,359 - $61,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 563
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $26.50  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
   
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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$24,359 - $61,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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As Worship Pastors transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Pastor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Pastors earn $51K on average per year. It is not uncommon for a Worship Pastor to continue on to become an Associate Pastor or a Pastor.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor


Offering a median salary of only $35K, Christian Church pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $15K to $52K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Worship Pastors report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Team Leadership, Graphic Design, and Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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


Worship Pastors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $39K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. Worship Pastors see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Worship Pastors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.

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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

Leadership
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Team Leadership
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Graphic Design
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National Average
$42,000

Worship Planning and Leading
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Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 32%
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