Youth Pastor Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Youth Pastors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $35K annually nationwide. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. The greater part enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. Most Youth Pastors report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,072 - $49,879
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,846
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$9.14 - $20.10
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,072 - $49,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,462  
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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$19,248 - $49,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,875
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $20.10  
   
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 - $1,462  
   
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).
)
$19,248 - $49,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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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For Youth Pastors, progressing to a Lead Pastor role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Lead Pastor can earn $60K annually. Typical career progression for a Youth Pastor involves becoming a Senior Pastor or an Associate Pastor, roles that pay $17K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, Christian Church, and The Church of the Nazarene are among the top companies that take on many Youth Pastors. Assembly of God Church offers the largest salaries in town ($37K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $25K to $52K.

For Youth Pastors, below-average salaries can be found at The Church of the Nazarene; in fact, average earnings are around $31K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($17K versus $48K) is great.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Team Building, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Worship Planning and Leading. It is often found that people who know Leadership are also skilled in Counseling and Event Planning. Most people familiar with Public Speaking 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.


For Youth Pastors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. On average, Youth Pastors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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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National Average
$35,000

Administration
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Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 371 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 38%
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