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Youth Minister Salary

Youth Ministers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $33K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a third collect dental insurance. The majority of Youth Ministers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,980 - $47,584
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$19K
$33K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,421
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$7.94 - $19.89
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$18,980 - $47,584  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
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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$19,149 - $46,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 543
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Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $19.89  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,184  
   
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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$19,149 - $46,904  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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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While not commonly seen, Youth Ministers who transition into a Head Minister position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Head Ministers is $52K per year. However, Youth Ministers typically graduate to Youth Pastors or Ministers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


Baptist Church does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $35K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $10K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $45K.

Christian Church offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $32K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $19K to $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 37 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preaching, Teaching, and Counseling. The majority of those 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. Youth Ministers bring in $38K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 23%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 37%


Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 4%

Preaching
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
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%