Children's Pastor Salary

Pay for Children's Pastors in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. Male Children's Pastors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in three — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. For the most part, Children's Pastors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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Many Children's Pastors move into a Youth Pastor role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Youth Pastors on average bring in a similar salary to Children's Pastors.

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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.

For many Children's Pastors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $30K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Children's Pastor Advice

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Children's Pastor in Portage:
Set boundaries between work and home life. Always err on the side of family. Differentiate between work and serving as part of the Body of Christ. Never stop learning about leadership and trends in family ministry.

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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%