Children's Pastor Salary

Children's Pastors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K annually on average. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Children's Pastors are male. Work is enjoyable for Children's Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and over a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,903 - $58,954

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$24,231 - $59,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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.


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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For Children's Pastors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Children's Pastors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Youth Pastor.

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Children's Pastors usually report a few specific skills. Administration and Team Leadership are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor

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

Children's Pastors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $30K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Children's Pastors make a median salary of $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $51K.

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Experience Affects Children's Pastor Salaries

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Skills That Affect Children's Pastor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.


37 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 31%