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 annually. While tenure and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Youth Ministers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,170 - $48,235
(Median)
$19K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,633
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$8.12 - $20.04
(Median)
$8
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,170 - $48,235  
   
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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$19,330 - $47,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $20.04  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$19,330 - $47,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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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Youth Ministers who advance into the role of a Head Minister are fairly uncommon. Head Ministers on average earn $52K per year. It is more probable, however, that Youth Ministers become Youth Pastors or Ministers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


Although Baptist Church leads the field in pay with a median salary of $34K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $10K on the low end all the way up to $45K at the top.

Christian Church is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $32K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $19K while workers on the upper end may rake in $49K.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Youth Ministers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Mentoring, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Youth Ministers see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Youth Ministers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

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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 36%


Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Curriculum Planning
0%

National Average
$33,000

Teaching
up arrow 5%

Preaching
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 57% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 42%
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