Children's Pastor Salary

Children's Pastors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Children's Pastors who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Children's Pastors. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,959 - $54,341
$22K
$37K
$54K
MEDIAN: $37,095
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$8.53 - $20.69
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MEDIAN: $13.87
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$0$54K
Salary $21,959 - $54,341
Bonus $309.13 - $1,454
Total Pay (?
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$21,749 - $53,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 196
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $8.53 - $20.69
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $309.13 - $1,454
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,749 - $53,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 19

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.

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Children's Pastor Tasks

  • 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.
  • Coordinate with the senior pastor, elders, and other staff at the church for integrating ministry together.

Common Career Paths for Children's Pastor


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Although many Children's Pastors transition into Youth Pastor roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $34K.

Children's Pastor Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Children's Pastor

Pay by Experience for a Children's Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Children's Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Children's Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Children's Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 61 salaries. A Children's Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 21 salaries.

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Key Stats for Children's Pastor

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Children's Pastor Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲25%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$36,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Children's Pastor Salaries


People Management
▲18%


National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 46%