Children's Pastor Salary

Pay for Children's Pastors in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Children's Pastors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Children's Pastors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,491 - $57,943
MEDIAN: $37,144

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$23,963 - $58,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Children's Pastors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Youth Pastor. Median pay for Youth Pastors is $34K.

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Job skills reported by Children's Pastors are limited. Those who have experience with Administration, Team Leadership, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. People Management and Team Leadership as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor

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

For many Children's Pastors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $37K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. Children's Pastors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K.

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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 29 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: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 25%
dental benefits
None: 34%