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Youth Pastor Salary

Men account for the majority of Youth Pastors in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $35K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to the larger part, and just under one in three earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Youth Pastors is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,704 - $49,914
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,765
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$8.83 - $19.97
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,704 - $49,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,486  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,076  
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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$18,969 - $49,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,907
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $19.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,486  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $2,076  
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).
)
$18,969 - $49,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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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At the upper end, Youth Pastors who move into a Lead Pastor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Lead Pastors is a much higher $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


Youth Pastors fill the offices of leading firms Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and The Church of the Nazarene. Although Assembly of God Church leads the field in pay with a median salary of $37K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $25K on the low end all the way up to $52K at the top.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Christian Church, where the median salary is just $30K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $20K to $39K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Youth Pastors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Building, Team Leadership, Public Speaking, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Worship Planning and Leading. Most people experienced in Leadership also know Counseling and Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

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


For many Youth Pastors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. Youth Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Youth Pastors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

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

Public Speaking
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Team Leadership
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Team Building
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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 410 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 38%
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