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 $31K annually. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Church Youth Directors making up 59 percent of survey respondents. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by roughly one in three. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$17,320 - $46,076
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$17K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,981
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$9.92 - $19.39
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,320 - $46,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
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$17,913 - $45,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $19.39  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $983  
   
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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$17,913 - $45,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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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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 $51K annually. 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 $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Team Leadership, Event Planning, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Teaching. It is often found that people who know Curriculum Planning are also skilled in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Director (Church)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Church Youth Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $41K.

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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

National Average
$31,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 39%
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