Children's Pastor Salary

Pay for Children's Pastors in the United States is very modest at just $37K annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and approximately one-third receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Children's Pastors making up 59 percent of survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,569 - $58,841

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$24,277 - $59,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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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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For Children's Pastors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Children's Pastors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Youth Pastor.

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Children's Pastors report a focused set of job 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.

Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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 $36K on average. Children's Pastors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Children's Pastors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $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.


41 %
59 %

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: 67% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 33%