Church Youth Directors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $33K annually. While over a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and nearly one-third have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Church Youth Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,215 - $46,280
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$19K
$33K
$46K
MEDIAN: $33,186
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$10.36 - $20.18
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,215 - $46,280  
   
Bonus
$400.00  
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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$19,660 - $45,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $20.18  
   
Overtime
$16.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$400.00  
   
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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$19,660 - $45,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Youth Director (Church)

Youth directors at churches are typically responsible for developing and organizing programs directed toward children and young adults in order to aid their spiritual development. Some may also provide counseling for troubled youth, and others create entire schedules of youth activities and work with both inside and outside parties to bring these events to life.

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Youth Director (Church) Tasks

  • Develop a sense of community both among young people, and between young people and the broader faith community.
  • Design, organize and lead systematic and intentional adolescent religious instruction.
  • Develop, design and lead outreach programs and retreats. Share faith and lead others to do the same
  • Communicate a vision of youth ministry and advocate for youth and youth ministry within and outside the parish.
  • Develop programming that educates and leads young people in justice and community service.

Common Career Paths for Youth Director (Church)


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As Church Youth Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Pastor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Pastors earn $52K on average per year. It is quite typical for Church Youth Directors to transition into roles as Youth Pastors or Associate Pastors, where reported median earnings are $1K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Church Youth Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Event Planning, Curriculum Planning, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Teaching, Leadership, and Worship Planning and Leading. Those familiar with Curriculum Planning also tend to know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Director (Church)

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $40K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 23%


National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Counseling
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Event Planning
0%

National Average
$33,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
up arrow 4%


Leadership
up arrow 8%

Worship Planning and Leading
up arrow 8%

Teaching
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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