Worship Pastor Salary
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.Read More...
This variety of duties also requires that the worship pastor operate in any number of environments, from outdoors in a cemetery to a personal office. In most cases, worship pastors are expected to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a field such as pastoral studies or theology; a relevant master's or doctoral degree may be required or preferred as well.
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
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor
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
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).