Children's Pastor Salary

Children's Pastors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K per year. Work is enjoyable for Children's Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Children's Pastors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by about one in three. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,225 - $57,678
MEDIAN: $35,663

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$24,225 - $57,678  
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$23,988 - $57,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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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Children's Pastors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Administration and Team Leadership are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership.

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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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Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

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


43 %
57 %

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: 65% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 35%