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Worship Pastor Salary

Earnings for Worship Pastors in the United States come in at around $42K annually on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geographic location are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and close to one-third earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,357 - $60,607
MEDIAN: $41,622

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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.
$24,357 - $60,607  
$0.00 - $1,028  
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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).
$24,418 - $60,626  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 443
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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.


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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Worship Pastors who transition into an upper level Associate Pastor position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Associate Pastor makes $42K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor

Christian Church reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $34K) but some workers make up to $53K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor

Professional skills reported by Worship Pastors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Team Leadership, Graphic Design, and Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Administration also tend to know Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Worship Pastors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $41K. For Worship Pastors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $51K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

Team Leadership
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Graphic Design
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Worship Planning and Leading

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.


10 %
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 31%