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Youth Pastor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Youth Pastors earn an average of $35K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Youth Pastors is high. The larger part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,753 - $49,827
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,713
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$8.65 - $19.93
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$8
$12
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,753 - $49,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,478  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,076  
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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$18,987 - $49,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,906
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.65 - $19.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,478  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,076  
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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$18,987 - $49,738  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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Job Description for Youth Pastor

Youth pastors are responsible for the development and implementation of a youth ministry. Under the supervision of a senior pastor, they usually work with the teenagers in a church, but they may work with children of all ages, ranging from elementary to high school. They may also work with young adults in the church who are college-age.

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Youth Pastor Tasks

  • Promote community outreach and involvement for youths according to the Church's mission.
  • Recruit and train youth for mission trips.
  • Lead weekly meetings and activities for youth and the youth bible study.

Common Career Paths for Youth Pastor


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For Youth Pastors, progressing to a Lead Pastor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Lead Pastor can earn $60K annually. Youth Pastors typically move into roles as Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors, and those positions pay $17K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Known for taking on a considerable number of Youth Pastors, Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and The Church of the Nazarene are leading firms in the industry. Youth Pastors flock to Assembly of God Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation; however, Assembly of God Church also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $25K at one end to $52K at the other end.

Christian Church seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $30K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $20K and $39K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Youth Pastors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Team Building, Team Leadership, Public Speaking, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Worship Planning and Leading. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, also skilled in Counseling and Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

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


For Youth Pastors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Youth Pastors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K.

Youth Pastor Reviews

What is it like working as a Youth Pastor?

Youth Pastor in Renton:
"Visionary Leader, Culture Creator, Holistic Strategist, Public Communicator."
Pros: I love to love and lead people.
Cons: Administration, Event Planning, and Leadership Correction.

Youth Pastor in Silver Spring:
"Very Rewarding To Sow Into The Next Generation."
Pros: To see students grow in their relationship with Christ.
Cons: People don't understand how much goes into ministry and they can be very critical.

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Experience Affects Youth Pastor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Team Building
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Public Speaking
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Team Leadership
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Leadership
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Event Planning
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Administration
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National Average
$35,000

Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 421 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 38%
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