Children's Pastor Salary

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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Children's Pastors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. Most Children's Pastors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,666 - $59,716
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $38,785
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$8.29 - $31.56
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MEDIAN: $13.62
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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
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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

  • 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.
  • Coordinate with the senior pastor, elders, and other staff at the church for integrating ministry together.

Common Career Paths for Children's Pastor


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Many Children's Pastors transition into upper-level roles like Youth Pastor. However, Youth Pastors do report a slightly lower median income of $34K per year.

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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.


Children's Pastors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. 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 $46K.

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Key Stats for Children's Pastor

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Children's Pastor Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲19%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Children's Pastor Salaries


People Management
▲12%

National Average
$38,000


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%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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