The average salary for an Entry-Level Pastor is $39,811.
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Job Description for Pastor
A pastor leads a congregation at a Christian church in prayer, song, and general spiritual guidance. In many modern Christian sects, pastoral duties are reserved for men. While the exact requirements for pastors vary depending on their sect, the pastor leads the routine worship services, in which Christians gather in prayer and listen to sermons. A pastor must have strong writing and speaking skills to create and deliver speeches emphasizing the importance of faith in the lives of the congregati…Read more
- 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.
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Worship Planning and Leading
Skills in Worship Planning and Leading are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, Counseling, Public Speaking and Leadership.
Pay by Experience Level for Pastor
An early career Pastor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $43,767 based on 587 salaries. A mid-career Pastor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,696 based on 733 salaries. An experienced Pastor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $52,154 based on 1,296 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $53,409.
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