Youth Minister Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Youth Minister in the United States; the average employee in this occupation scrapes together only around $32,694 annually. Pay ranges from $16,799 on the low end to $47,734 per year on the higher side. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. More than half enjoy medical while around one third get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to 18 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Youth Minister Salary (?
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$16,562 - $48,305
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MEDIAN: $32,979
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Youth Minister Salary (?
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$7.88 - $19.79
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
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$16,562 - $48,305  
   
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$0.00 - $1,100  
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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$16,799 - $47,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
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$7.88 - $19.79  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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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$16,799 - $47,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Youth Minister

  • Plan, facilitate, and lead youth ministry programs and bible studies.
  • Integrate youths into worship life through increases resposibilities as acolytes or readers.
  • Foster the spiritual growth of teens and provide group or individual pastoral consultation.

Common Career Paths for Youth Minister

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Though it's uncommon, some Youth Ministers move into roles as Minister Heads, bringing in an extra $19,044 per year. More often, however, Youth Ministers go on to become Youth Pastors or Associate Pastors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister

Though Baptist Church leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $33,800, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $10,067 on the low end all the way up to $46K.
Christian Church offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $32,100. Workers at Church of Christ and Baptist Church also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $32,748 and $33,800, respectively.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Mentoring, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preaching and Counseling. Most people familiar with Counseling also know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Minister

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Beginning workers can expect to earn $30K starting out, which grows to $36K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $39,904. Unfortunately, Youth Ministers with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $36K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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$33,000
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Surpassing the national average by 9 percent, Youth Ministers in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. The lowest-paying market is Knoxville, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Youth Minister Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
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Curriculum Planning
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Public Speaking
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National Average
$33,000
Counseling
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Teaching
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Preaching
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
30%
female alumni
 
Male
70%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 42%