Those pursuing careers as Children's Pastors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Children's Pastors (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,666 - $59,716
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MEDIAN: $38,785
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$8.29 - $31.56
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,666 - $59,716  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$24,156 - $59,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $31.56  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$24,156 - $59,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Children's Pastor

The role of a children's pastor is to begin teaching children about religious values at a young age; this title is frequently found in Christian churches. Most often, a children's pastor works with children from toddler-age to fifth grade. They are responsible for ministering and teaching children about the religion and its values. Some churches also have this pastor minister to children as old as preteens, providing age-appropriate lessons. Children's pastors often have their own classrooms in the church along with their own teaching materials to help children learn.

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Children's Pastor Tasks

  • Coordinate with the senior pastor, elders, and other staff at the church for integrating ministry together.
  • Recruit, train, oversee and encourage volunteers in Children's Ministry's activities.
  • Oversee, plan and direct Children’s Ministry within the church.
  • Act as a liaison to children's organizations outside of the church community.

Common Career Paths for Children's Pastor


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Although many Children's Pastors transition into Youth Pastor roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $34K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Children's 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $37K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $46K on average.

Children's Pastor Advice

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

Children's Pastor in Portage:
Set boundaries between work and home life. Always err on the side of family. Differentiate between work and serving as part of the Body of Christ. Never stop learning about leadership and trends in family ministry.

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Experience Affects Children's Pastor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Children's Pastor Salaries

Team Leadership
up arrow 15%

People Management
up arrow 12%

National Average
$38,000

Administration
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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