Youth Minister Salary

Those pursuing careers as Youth Ministers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $34K annually. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,126 - $48,151
(Median)
$19K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,633
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$8.12 - $20.04
(Median)
$8
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,126 - $48,151  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,178  
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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$19,300 - $47,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 545
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $20.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,178  
   
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).
)
$19,300 - $47,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Youth Minister

A youth minister usually works with preteens and teenagers in a church or other religious environment, in order to deepen their spiritual development. Working with youth involves a great deal of creativity, in order to grab the attention of young people. It may be necessary to plan lessons and create goals for the youth. The youth minister will often lead other employees and volunteers, so management and leadership skills of adults are also important. It may be the job of the youth minister to create sermons and lesson plans for youth activities, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, after-school programs, and services.

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Youth Minister Tasks

  • 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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Youth Ministers do not often transition into Head Minister roles. The role averages $52K per year. More often, however, Youth Ministers go on to become Youth Pastors or Ministers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


Although Baptist Church heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $34K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $10K to $45K.

While select Christian Church employees may bring in up to $49K, a median salary of only $32K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Survey results suggest that Youth Ministers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Mentoring, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preaching and Teaching. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to know Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Minister

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


For many Youth Ministers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Youth Ministers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 Minister Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 36%


Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$33,000

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Preaching
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 42%
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