Youth Minister Salary

Youth Ministers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $34K annually on average. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to just over a half, and just under a third earn dental coverage. Male Youth Ministers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,974 - $49,067
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,394
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$9.71 - $20.74
(Median)
$9
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,974 - $49,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
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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$20,070 - $48,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $20.74  
   
Overtime
$24.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,169  
   
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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$20,070 - $48,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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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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Though some Youth Ministers move into positions like Head Minister (where the average salary is $52K), this progression is not the norm. It is more probable, however, that Youth Ministers become Youth Pastors or Ministers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


Youth Ministers flock to First Christian Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Christian Church, where the median salary is just $32K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $19K to $49K.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Youth Ministers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Mentoring and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preaching and Teaching. Most people who know 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.


For Youth Ministers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Youth Ministers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $40K on average.

Youth Minister Reviews

What is it like working as a Youth Minister?

Youth Minister in Wichita:
"Very rewarding and very frustrating."
Pros: I enjoy working with youth and volunteers. It can be very rewarding to help youth and their families grow closer to God and each other.
Cons: Church politics and often you are not appreciated for the hours that you have to work and your work can be undervalued by the congregation.

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Experience Affects Youth Minister Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%



National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 33%

Leadership
up arrow 7%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Public Speaking
0%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$34,000

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

Teaching
up arrow 7%

Preaching
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 54%
dental benefits
Dental: 28%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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