Child and Youth Worker Salary
For Child and Youth Workers, hourly average wages total $13.29 per hour. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. Female Child and Youth Workers make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$20,534 - $50,850|
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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).)
|$20,460 - $43,257|
|Hourly Rate||$9.78 - $18.45|
|Overtime||$0.71 - $28.38|
|Total Pay (||$20,460 - $43,257|
Job Description for Child and Youth Worker
Child and youth workers help to create and execute guided activities for young people, and they are employed primarily by parks departments, community centers, summer camps, and other organizations. Their work focuses on getting kids involved in fun, healthy, and safe activities to help build socialization, teamwork, and problem-solving skills among them.Read More...
In general, child and youth workers are responsible for carefully designing activities which incorporate a variety of skills, such as those involving artistic expression, some light classroom teaching and demonstrating, and active indoor or outdoor physical exercise. Those in this position generally tailor these activities to the children who participate and take into account any special needs of individuals to ensure that all involved can participate and feel included. They also supervise these activities to ensure that everyone in their care is participating safely at all times, and they must be comfortable with administering light disciplinary actions, such as timeouts and one-on-one counseling and discussions.
Hours and job requirements for this position can vary. Many employers prefer applicants who have a high school education and demonstrated affinity and aptitude for working with children and teens. Some employers may prefer those with an associate's degree or higher in a childhood education or development-related field. Child and youth workers may work at specific sites such as parks and community centers and may split time between office work and engaged activity in classrooms, gyms, and outdoor environments. For those employed by summer camps and similar programs, travel and camp-style accommodations and the ability to provide constant supervision may be required.
Child and Youth Worker Tasks
- Supervise children, ensuring safety, and adherence to regulations.
- Create, revise, and update documents about children, their care, and the facility.
- Keep facility hygienic and workspace neat and orderly.
- Plan and implement group and individual activities.
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Pay by Experience Level for Child and Youth Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $28K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $31K on average. Child and Youth Workers bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Child and Youth Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $38K.
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