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Youth Pastor Salary

A sizeable majority of Youth Pastors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $34K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the specific company. The majority of Youth Pastors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The greater part enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than a fifth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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MEDIAN: $34,409
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,169 - $49,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,035  
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$18,383 - $49,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,977
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$8.75 - $19.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.32  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,035  
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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$18,383 - $49,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Youth Pastor

Youth ministry leaders, or youth pastors, are responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering an effective student ministry program in a place of learning. They work in high schools, universities, and churches around the world. Youth pastors aim to connect with young adults and give them fellowship and guidance. They lead services and worship studies for groups of young people.

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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, career progression to a Lead Pastor role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Lead Pastor, an upper-level role, can earn $61K annually. Youth Pastors most often move into positions as Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

Youth Pastor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and Presbyterian Church (USA) are all popular places to work. For Youth Pastors, comfortable salaries can be found at Assembly of God Church; in fact, average earnings are around $37K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $52K) is great.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Christian Church — the median salary there is $30K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $20K and $39K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results suggest that Youth Pastors use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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. Most people who know Leadership also know Counseling and Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

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. 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 $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. 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 $42K.

Youth Pastor Reviews

What is it like working as a Youth Pastor?

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
$34,000


Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Team Building
up arrow 4%

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
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Leadership
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Administration
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Event Planning
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$34,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 514 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: 62% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 37%