Youth Pastor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Youth Pastors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly two in five lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and approximately one-third have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,141 - $52,000
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$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,130
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$9.94 - $19.79
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MEDIAN: $14.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,141 - $52,000  
   
Bonus
$101.19 - $2,020  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$20,266 - $51,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.79  
   
Overtime
$15.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.19 - $2,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$20,266 - $51,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Youth Pastor


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Though some Youth Pastors move into positions like Lead Pastor (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. Youth Pastors most often move into positions as Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors; those groups report median salaries that are $16K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Youth Pastor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Christian Church are all popular places to work. Although First Baptist Church boasts the highest average salary in town at $42K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $20K or as much as $62K. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks at Christian Church ($39K), Calvary Chapel ($38K), and The Church of the Nazarene ($38K).

Baptist Church offers the least money; the median income there is just $32K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $14K and $45K. Community Church, First United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church (USA) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $35K, $36K, and $37K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results show that Youth Pastors use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Teaching can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Preaching and Worship Planning and Leading. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to 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.


Youth Pastors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. Youth Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Youth Pastors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,836

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

Colorado Springs offers some of the highest pay in the country for Youth Pastors, 25 percent above the national average. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Richmond is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Seattle (18 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

Youth Pastor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Youth Pastor

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Youth Pastor Salaries

▲42%

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$36,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲26%






Leadership
▼0%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$36,000


Preaching
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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