Youth Pastor Salary

Male Youth Pastors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $35K annually in the United States. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,179 - $49,859

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$9.14 - $20.10

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,179 - $49,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$19,332 - $49,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,856
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $20.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,100  
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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$19,332 - $49,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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As Youth Pastors transition into upper-level roles such as Lead Pastor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Lead Pastors earn $60K on average per year. 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 $17K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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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 top-notch employers for Youth Pastors in this area. Although Assembly of God Church heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $37K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $25K to $52K.

The Church of the Nazarene offers the least money; the median income there is just $31K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $17K and $48K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Youth Pastors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Public Speaking, Team Building, Team Leadership, and Event Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Worship Planning and Leading. Those proficient in Public Speaking are, more often than not, also skilled in Event Planning and Counseling. Most people who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Youth Pastors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. On average, Youth Pastors make $40K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Youth Pastors in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Denver (+13 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Charlotte (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville (11 percent lower) and San Antonio (9 percent lower).

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 356 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 38%
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