Youth Ministers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and experience level. Most Youth Ministers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Youth Ministers survey respondents are men (72 percent). Slightly less than one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a little over a half report medical coverage and close to one-third claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,135 - $48,536
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$49K
MEDIAN: $34,885
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$9.64 - $19.30
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,135 - $48,536  
   
Bonus
$152.05 - $4,872  
Total Pay (?
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$20,157 - $48,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $19.30  
   
Overtime
$21.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$152.05 - $4,872  
   
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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$20,157 - $48,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • Foster the spiritual growth of teens and provide group or individual pastoral consultation.
  • Integrate youths into worship life through increases resposibilities as acolytes or readers.
  • Plan, facilitate, and lead youth ministry programs and bible studies.

Common Career Paths for Youth Minister


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For Youth Ministers, progressing to a Senior Pastor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Pastor can earn $52K annually. Becoming a Youth Pastor or a Minister is a common transition from a Youth Minister role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


First Christian Church offers the largest salaries in town — $37K on average.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Youth Ministers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Mentoring command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preaching, Teaching, and Curriculum Planning. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Minister

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. For some reason, Youth Ministers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $36K.

Youth Minister Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Youth Minister

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Youth Minister Salaries



Late-Career
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National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
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Event Planning
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Leadership
0%

National Average
$35,000


Curriculum Planning
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Teaching
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Preaching
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 53%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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