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Worship Pastor Salary (United States)

A typical Worship Pastor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K per year. The specific employer and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and more than a third earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,247 - $60,415
MEDIAN: $41,180
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National Salary Data

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$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

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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Worship Pastor

Worship Pastors flock to Baptist Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation; however, Baptist Church also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $23K at one end to $72K at the other end. Christian Church offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $33K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $11K and $54K. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is Baptist Church.

Popular Skills for Worship Pastor

Survey takers who work as Worship Pastors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, Leadership, Worship Planning and Leading, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Leadership indicates knowledge of Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Worship Pastor

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Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Worship Pastors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $39K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. Worship Pastors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Worship Pastor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $51K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a majority of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under 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 one in eight.

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Experience Affects Worship Pastor Salaries

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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%