Youth Pastor Salary

Youth Pastors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K per year on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although about two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-third get dental coverage, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,626 - $52,095
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MEDIAN: $36,702
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$9.93 - $20.18
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$0$52K
Salary $20,626 - $52,095
Bonus $101.86 - $2,432
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$20,690 - $51,866
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,259
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $9.93 - $20.18
Overtime $15.75
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $101.86 - $2,432
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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$20,690 - $51,866
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

  • 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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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.

Youth Pastor Job Listings

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

National Average: $36,353

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

Youth Pastor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Youth Pastor?

Youth Pastor in Waverly:
"My job."
Pros: I get to work with people and for the sake of people on behalf of God.
Cons: Some people have in mind things other than God and make things difficult.

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 201 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Youth Pastor Salaries

▲38%

▲23%

▲6%

National Average
$36,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲24%






National Average
$36,000

Leadership
▼1%

Counseling
▼1%


Preaching
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 40%
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