Youth Director (Church) Salary

Church Youth Directors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $32K annually. Earnings generally vary between $19K and $46K per year. The majority of Church Youth Directors (61 percent) survey respondents are male. For the most part, Church Youth Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than half have medical coverage and close to a third have dental coverage, close to two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$18,425 - $46,618
(Median)
$18K
$32K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,633
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$9.96 - $17.88
(Median)
$10
$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 (?
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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).
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$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.

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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 $52K per year. 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 $2K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Associate Pastors.

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Popular Skills for Youth Director (Church)


Church Youth Directors seem to require a number of specific 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. 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $34K. Church Youth Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $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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