Worship Pastor Salary

Worship Pastors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $41K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Worship Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one-third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and one in three get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,208 - $62,097
(Median)
$24K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,261
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$9.95 - $25.25
(Median)
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,208 - $62,097  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
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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$24,128 - $61,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 708
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.95 - $25.25  
   
Overtime
$8.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
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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$24,128 - $61,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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There are some Worship Pastors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Pastors, where earnings are an average $52K annually. However, becoming a Pastor or Associate Pastor is a more frequent transition for Worship Pastors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor


The smallest paychecks can be found at Christian Church — the median salary there is $34K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $15K and $52K.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor


Survey results imply that Worship Pastors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Team Leadership, Leadership, and Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Leadership also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During the first five years of their careers, Worship Pastors see a median income of $38K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. Worship Pastors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Worship Pastors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Worship Pastor Salaries

Graphic Design
up arrow 6%

Leadership
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
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National Average
$41,000

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 2%

Video Editing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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