Youth Pastor Salary
|Salary||$20,626 - $52,095|
|Bonus||$101.86 - $2,432|
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|$20,690 - $51,866|
|Hourly Rate||$9.93 - $20.18|
|Bonus||$101.86 - $2,432|
|Total Pay (||$20,690 - $51,866|
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.Read More...
Youth pastors must be strong in their faith and willing to share that faith with children who may not be dispossessed to receive their teachings. They must be patient and willing to go above and beyond the confines of their church or office to reach out to children. Some of these duties may involve school or home visits. They may also be called upon to minister to adults in the family of the children they work with to help ensure the spiritual needs of the children are being catered to at home as well as at church.
Youth pastors must be patient in situations where it may not be that easy to be patient, such as when dealing with rebellious or troubled children. They must be caring and willing to perform duties outside of the realm of a traditional church-based ministry, such as providing transportation to children, assisting with homework, and being available at odd hours to assist with issues that, while not directly related to their spiritual needs, are nevertheless vital to ensuring their well-being. Most churches want youth pastors to have a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry or a related field, but they may overlook educational requirements if an applicant has the necessary experience or is passionate enough about being “called to the ministry.”
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
While Youth Pastors do not often become Lead Pastors, the job pays $61K per year on average. Youth Pastors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $6K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Youth Pastors include Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Presbyterian Church (USA). For Youth Pastors, comfortable salaries can be found at First Baptist Church; in fact, average earnings are around $43K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($20K versus $62K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Christian Church at $40K, The Church of the Nazarene at $40K, and Calvary Chapel, where Youth Pastors annually earn $38K.
Although Baptist Church hands out the lowest average salary in town at $32K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $14K or as much as $45K. Also approaching the lower end are Community Church at $35K, First United Methodist Church at $36K, and Presbyterian Church (USA) at $37K.
Popular Skills for Youth Pastor
Youth Pastors report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Teaching command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Preaching and Worship Planning and Leading. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Event Planning and Counseling.
Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor
Pay by Experience for a Youth Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Youth Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 739 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Youth Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 484 salaries. An experienced Youth Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 245 salaries. A Youth Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 41 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Youth Pastors, Colorado Springs offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Youth Pastors will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Orlando (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Youth Pastors is geography, with workers in Richmond earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (19 percent lower) and Minneapolis (18 percent lower).
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