It's impossible to make it big as a Church Youth Directors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $33K annually. Male Church Youth Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by one in three. For the most part, Church Youth Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$18,284 - $46,746
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MEDIAN: $33,266
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$10.30 - $19.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,284 - $46,746  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,445 - $46,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $19.87  
   
Overtime
$16.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$300.00  
   
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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$19,445 - $46,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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

  • 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.
  • Develop, design and lead outreach programs and retreats. Share faith and lead others to do the same
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Youth Director (Church)


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Church Youth Directors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Pastor. The latter position pays an average of $52K annually. Youth Pastors or Associate Pastors are common next-step roles for Church Youth Directors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Youth Pastors is $1K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Associate Pastors.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Church Youth Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Event Planning, Curriculum Planning, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Teaching, Leadership, and Worship Planning and Leading. Those educated in Curriculum Planning tend to be well versed in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Director (Church)

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


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $31K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $31K.

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Key Stats for Youth Director (Church)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
047
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries



National Average
$33,000


Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$33,000




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 20 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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