Youth Minister Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Youth Ministers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $34K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Most Youth Ministers survey respondents are men (70 percent). For the most part, Youth Ministers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,517 - $47,859

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$8.17 - $20.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,517 - $47,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,178  
Total Pay (?
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$19,616 - $47,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 543
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Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $20.03  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$19,616 - $47,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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There are some Youth Ministers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Head Ministers, where earnings are an average $52K annually. A more common career path for Youth Ministers is stepping into the role of Youth Pastor or Minister.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


Although Baptist Church leads the field in pay with a median salary of $35K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $12K on the low end all the way up to $46K at the top.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Christian Church — the median salary there is $32K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $19K and $49K.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Youth Ministers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Mentoring, Leadership, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 18 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preaching and Teaching. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Youth Ministers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. 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 Minister Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 37%

Leadership
up arrow 18%


Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$33,000

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Preaching
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 42%
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