Youth Director (Church) Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Church Youth Directors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $32K per year. Pay generally varies between $19K and $46K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. About two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and around one in three claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Church Youth Directors (61 percent) survey respondents are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,425 - $46,618
(Median)
$18K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,633
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$9.96 - $17.88
(Median)
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,425 - $46,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
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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$18,970 - $46,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $17.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,000  
   
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).
)
$18,970 - $46,008  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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. Church Youth Directors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Youth Pastors or Associate Pastors. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Survey results show that Church Youth Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Event Planning, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Teaching. Most people familiar with Curriculum Planning also know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Director (Church)

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $34K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. Church Youth Directors see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $34K.

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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries



Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries


Counseling
up arrow 6%

Leadership
up arrow 5%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

National Average
$31,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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