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Youth Minister Salary

Youth Ministers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $33K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Youth Ministers is high. The greater part enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. Most Youth Ministers survey respondents are men (70 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,914 - $48,059
(Median)
$18K
$33K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,249
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$7.77 - $19.81
(Median)
$7
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,914 - $48,059  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$18,044 - $47,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.77 - $19.81  
   
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 - $1,030  
   
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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$18,044 - $47,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Youth Ministers who advance into the role of a Head Minister are fairly uncommon. Head Ministers on average earn $52K per year. Moving from a Youth Minister to Youth Pastor or Associate Pastor is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister


The biggest paychecks can be found at Baptist Church — the median salary there is $35K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $10K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $45K.

Christian Church offers the least money; the median income there is just $32K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $19K and $49K.

Popular Skills for Youth Minister


Survey results imply that Youth Ministers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Mentoring, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent, 15 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For Youth Ministers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $36K. Youth Ministers bring in $40K 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 $42K.

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Experience Affects Youth Minister Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%



National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Youth Minister Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 38%



Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Teaching
up arrow 3%

Preaching
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 58% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 42%