Youth Pastor Salary

Male Youth Pastors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $35K annually in the United States. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Youth Pastors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,619 - $50,480
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,170
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$9.64 - $19.60
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,619 - $50,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,677  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$19,706 - $50,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $19.60  
   
Overtime
$6.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,677  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$19,706 - $50,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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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Youth Pastors do not often transition into Lead Pastor roles. The role averages $60K per year. Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors are common next-step roles for Youth Pastors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Pastors is $17K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Associate Pastors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, Christian Church, and The Church of the Nazarene are among the top companies that take on many Youth Pastors. Youth Pastors flock to First Baptist Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $37K lead the pack in compensation; however, First Baptist Church also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $25K at one end to $51K at the other end.

The consistently lowest paying firm is The Church of the Nazarene, where the median salary is just $32K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $18K to $48K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results show that Youth Pastors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Team Building, Public Speaking, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Worship Planning and Leading. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled in Counseling and Event Planning. Most people familiar with Public Speaking also know Event Planning and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

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


For Youth Pastors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. Youth Pastors see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Youth Pastor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $46K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,108

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Youth Pastors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Denver (+13 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Charlotte (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City. Workers in San Antonio and Minneapolis earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 12 percent.

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 295 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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