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 per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The majority of Youth Ministers (68 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Youth Ministers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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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There are some Youth Ministers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Head Ministers, where earnings are an average $52K annually. Becoming a Youth Pastor or a Minister is, however, a more typical career progression for Youth 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.

Christian Church offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $32K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $49K.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Youth Ministers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $33K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Youth Ministers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 $40K.

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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