Youth Director (Church) Salary

Those pursuing careers as Church Youth Directors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $31K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — around two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one in three. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,982 - $46,142

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$9.94 - $19.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$17,982 - $46,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
Total Pay (?
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$18,431 - $45,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.80  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$18,431 - $45,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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 who transition into a Senior Pastor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $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 results suggest that Church Youth Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Team Leadership, Curriculum Planning, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Teaching. The majority of those who know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $30K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. Church Youth Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $41K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%



National Average
$31,000


Skills That Affect Youth Director (Church) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 7%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

National Average
$31,000

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 20% employee benefits None: 39%
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