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Youth Minister Salary (United States)

Youth Ministers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $33K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. A majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Youth Ministers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$16,562 - $48,305
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MEDIAN: $32,979
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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
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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  
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 it's uncommon, some Youth Ministers move into roles as Head Ministers, where pay is usually $52K 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

Baptist Church does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $34K — 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 $46K.
Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $48K, Christian Church still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $32K, the lowest in the field. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Church of Christ.

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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Preaching and Counseling. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Minister

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Youth Ministers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $36K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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National Average
$33,000
Dallas
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Knoxville
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For Youth Ministers, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. In Knoxville, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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%