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The average pay for a Pastor with Worship Planning and Leading skills is $25.00 per hour.

The average pay for a Pastor with Worship Planning and Leading skills is $50,035 per year.

MEDIAN $25.00
MEDIAN $50,035
$25,393 - $78,131
MEDIAN: $50,035

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Salary $25,393 - $78,131
Bonus $700 - $15,500
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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).
$25,752 - $77,968
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 26 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 284

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 congregation's members. A strong command of scripture and biblical history, as well as the ability to interpret and relate this information to their congregation, is a must. Work is traditionally indoors, inside church auditoriums and offices. Although the work schedule varies by church, most pastors lead services at least several times on Sunday, and they often lead a service at another point in the week.


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.

Pastor Job Listings

Pastor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Pastor in Irvine:
"A Pastor? It's not for the weak!"
Sturdy! Sturdy of heart, character, patience, faith. Sturdy emotionally , physically and spiritually. The demands are heavy at times, draining too, and still rewarding. It's not for the weak . You must love and enjoy people. Be able to teach and preach. And most of all be a servant to your flock. Skills: able to counsel and encourage, Teach and lead groups. Preach. Perform services: weddings and funerals. Keep confidentiality. Know the law for reporting child abuse, etc.

Pastor in Port Elizabeth:
"People, Spreading the Word."
Pros: Teaching. Preaching. Counselling.
Cons: Admin. Conflict.

Pastor in Sacramento:
"Pastor God's people."
Pros: The power of God is what I enjoy most about this job. Seeing how The Holy Spirit moves throughout the congregation on a weekly basis is a joy to behold.
Cons: The frustrating part about this job, is seeing people who say they want better for themselves, and their families get the information that they need, but yet do the opposite of what is required of them.

Pastor in Newton:
"High stress / low reward."
In the 80's when I first started training for the pastoral ministry, pastors were respected and well compensated. Now churches balance their budgets on the backs of their called workers. If you have a rich spouse and can afford to do full time ministry as a hobby, go for it. If you need to provide for a family, look elsewhere.

Pastor in Washington:
Be a firm believer and follow your heart.

Pastor in Pittsburgh:
"How Much Time It Would Take."
Make sure they are called by God. Don't take everything personal. Make sure you have thick skin and are not easily offended.

Pastor in Olivia:
"Caring and nurturing."
Pros: Freedom to visit with people.
Cons: Not enough rest.

Key Stats for Pastor


11 %
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.


11 %
88 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 46%