Youth Director (Church) Salary

Pay for Church Youth Directors in the United States is very modest at just $31K annually. The majority of Church Youth Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Church Youth Directors (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just under a third receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,575 - $45,992
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$18K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $30,754
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$9.91 - $19.05
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,575 - $45,992  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
Total Pay (?
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$18,079 - $45,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $19.05  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $970  
   
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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$18,079 - $45,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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Job Description for Youth Director (Church)

  • 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.

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Church Youth Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Pastor. The average Senior Pastor brings home $51K per year. Career advancement for the typical Church Youth Director often leads to becoming a Youth Pastor or an Associate Pastor; median salaries in these positions are $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Survey takers who work as Church Youth Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Team Leadership, Event Planning, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Teaching. Most people experienced in 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.


For Church Youth Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $30K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $31K. For Church Youth Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Church Youth Directors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $43K.

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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 8%


Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
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National Average
$31,000

Teaching
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 21% employee benefits None: 40%