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Children's Pastor Salary

Children's Pastors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $35K annually. Most Children's Pastors like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and just under one in three claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$24,284 - $54,764
MEDIAN: $34,972

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National Salary Data

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$24,284 - $54,764  
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$23,983 - $54,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 101
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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 $33K.

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Children's Pastors only report a few specific skills. Administration and Team Leadership are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Team Leadership.

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Experience Affects Children's Pastor Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Children's Pastor Salaries

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National Average

Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 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: 63% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 37%