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 $37K annually. Some workers in this field — one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by around one in three. Most Children's Pastors report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Children's Pastors (61 percent) who took the survey are men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$24,604 - $58,893
MEDIAN: $37,226

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$24,256 - $59,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Typical Children's Pastors report a focused set of job skills. 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Children's Pastors. 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. For Children's Pastors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $50K.

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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%