Children's Pastor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Children's Pastors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Children's Pastors (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Children's Pastors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by over a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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Salary
$24,666 - $59,716  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$24,156 - $59,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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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Children's Pastors who take on a higher-level position such as Youth Pastor may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Youth Pastors on average bring home $34K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor

Pay by Experience for a Children's Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Children's Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Children's Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Children's Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 61 salaries. A Children's Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 21 salaries.

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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%
no benefits
None: 38%
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