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 $37K annually. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by about a third. Work is enjoyable for Children's Pastors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Children's Pastors who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,604 - $58,893
MEDIAN: $37,226

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$24,256 - $59,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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 Youth Pastor roles. Youth Pastors seem to make a little less than Children's Pastors as their salaries average out to $34K a year.

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Children's Pastors typically list a handful of skills 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 and Administration.

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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $37K on average. On average, Children's Pastors make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Children's Pastors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $50K on average.

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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 26 votes.


39 %
61 %

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: 68% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 32%