Child and Youth Worker Salary
The average Child and Youth Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.30 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Child and Youth Workers making up 75 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Child and Youth Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction.
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|Salary||$20,373 - $51,450|
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|$20,348 - $44,166|
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|Hourly Rate||$9.73 - $18.26|
|Overtime||$0.71 - $28.38|
|Total Pay (||$20,348 - $44,166|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Child and Youth Worker
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Child and Youth Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $28K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. On average, Child and Youth Workers make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Child and Youth Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $38K on average.
Key Stats for Child and Youth Worker
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