Youth Minister Salary (United States)

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 $32,694 per year. The range in pay spans from $16,799 to $47,734 per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by more than half, and 18 percent earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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$16,799 - $47,734  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$7.88 - $19.79  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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  
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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 not the most common occurrence, Youth Ministers who become Minister Heads earn an extra $19,044 per year. A more likely transition for Youth Ministers is Youth Pastor or Associate Pastor.

Youth Minister Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister

Youth Ministers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Baptist Church, where typical salaries come to $33,800, though the large difference in pay between employees at the top ($10,067) and those starting out ($46K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
Christian Church reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $32,100) but some workers make up to $47,548, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Employees at Church of Christ and Baptist Church can also expect below-average earnings of $32,748 and $33,800.

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 39 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Preaching and Counseling. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in 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. Compensation is $39,904 after 10 to 20 years. Youth Ministers' pay declines to $36K, on average, after racking up two decades of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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National Average
$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. Knoxville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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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%
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