Youth Pastor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Youth Pastors earn an average of $35K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Youth Pastors claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,619 - $50,480
(Median)
$20K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $35,170
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$9.64 - $19.60
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$9
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,619 - $50,480  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,677  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$19,706 - $50,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $19.60  
   
Overtime
$6.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,677  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$19,706 - $50,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Youth Pastors sometimes become Lead Pastors, where the average income is $60K per year. Youth Pastors typically move into roles as Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors, and those positions pay $17K more and $7K more, 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Youth Pastors. Employees of First Baptist Church can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $37K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $25K to $51K.

Bringing up the rear, The Church of the Nazarene's median pay of $32K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $48K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results suggest that Youth Pastors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Team Building, Public Speaking, 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. Those familiar with Leadership also tend to know Counseling and Event Planning. People who know Public Speaking usually 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. Youth Pastors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $46K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,108

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Youth Pastors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Youth Pastors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), Denver (+13 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Charlotte (+5 percent). Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in San Antonio and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent less).

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

Team Building
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Public Speaking
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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 295 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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