In Children’s Ministry Magazine, we’ve got the results of
our 2013 Salary Survey. No one else does a survey like this, so the
results are exclusive. We’ve asked paid children’s ministry
professionals to tell us how they are compensated for what they
The results are up on our website. After reading through the data, I thought I would point out some of the more unexpected findings and talk about them here.
Here are seven surprising stats from the 2013 salary survey.
1.Going Up. According to our exclusive survey results, overall visibility, compensation, and benefits are on the upswing for professional children’s ministers everywhere. More people are falling in the median full-time salary range, $40,000 to
$44,999, with 22 percent in this pay range. Across the board, more children’s ministry professionals are seeing an increase in benefits, including 40 percent receiving pension and retirement contributions.
2. Equip Yourself. Half of you are given a book and magazine allowance, and 44 percent are given an allowance to
buy supplies. If you are part of the 56 percent not given a supply allowance, here are some craft supplies you can
make from scratch.
3. Rest and Relax. In 2013, the average paid children’s ministry staffer has four personal days to use and 12
paid vacation days. We’ve talked about how important it is to take some time off every now and again. Use that time off!
4.Here and There. According to the survey, 35 percent of you are bivocational, working two jobs to help
supplement your income. As someone who served in children’s ministry as well as holding a full-time job, I know the challenges that come with bivocational ministry. A huge thank you for all those out there that give two (or more) jobs their all.
5.Gender Equality. In 2008, our survey showed men in full-time children’s ministry made about $10,000 more than women. Today, those figures have balanced out. Both men and women make the median salary of $40,000 to $44,999.
6. Raise Rates. A little over half (51 percent) of children’s ministers were given a raise this year. That’s great news, because only 11 percent asked for one. If you are part of the 89 percent who didn’t ask for a raise, and you feel you deserve one, check this article out on how to get a raise without being pushy.
7.Missed Opportunity? We asked survey participants if they would ever turn down a children’s ministry position because of salary. In 2008, only 14 percent said they would. Today, 55 percent said yes. Are churches missing out on talent because of their pay range? Are children’s ministers missing out on God’s calling because of money? What do you think?
What conclusions do you take from the findings? Again, you can find the full results here. Let us know your
thoughts in the comment section below. We know money isn’t the reason you got into this line of work. The work you do, leading kids to Jesus, is priceless. I want to leave you with this story of ministry and money. I hope it touches your heart like it did mine.