Youth Pastor Salary

Youth Pastors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly two in five lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and about a third have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $36,235
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,148 - $51,917  
   
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$101.55 - $2,402  
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$20,284 - $51,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,178
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$9.99 - $20.05  
   
Overtime
$15.75  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$101.55 - $2,402  
   
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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$20,284 - $51,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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It's not very common for Youth Pastors to move on to become Lead Pastors. Average pay for a Lead Pastor is $61K annually. A common career progression for a Youth Pastor is to become a Senior Pastor or an Associate Pastor. Compared to Youth Pastors, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Dominating the field, Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Presbyterian Church (USA) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Youth Pastors. Youth Pastors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at First Baptist Church, where the median salary comes to $43K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($20K) and those starting out ($62K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks at Christian Church ($40K), The Church of the Nazarene ($40K), and Calvary Chapel ($38K).

Baptist Church offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $32K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $14K to $45K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Community Church ($35K), First United Methodist Church ($36K), and Presbyterian Church (USA) ($37K).

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results imply that Youth Pastors put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know Teaching command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preaching and Worship Planning and Leading. The majority of those who know Leadership 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Youth Pastors. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Youth Pastors bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $50K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,908

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 will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Orlando (+6 percent). Richmond is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Oklahoma City and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 17 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
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 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

▲39%

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$36,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲25%






Leadership
▼0%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$36,000


Preaching
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

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: 40%
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