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 per year nationwide. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The greater part enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than a fifth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$18,663 - $49,772
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,721
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$8.67 - $19.90
(Median)
$8
$13
$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
$18,663 - $49,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,473  
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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$18,904 - $49,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,912
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $19.90  
   
Overtime
$0.28 - $19.65  
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 - $1,473  
   
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).
)
$18,904 - $49,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Youth Pastor

Youth ministry leaders, or youth pastors, are responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering an effective student ministry program in a place of learning. They work in high schools, universities, and churches around the world. Youth pastors aim to connect with young adults and give them fellowship and guidance. They lead services and worship studies for groups of young people.

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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


Youth Pastors flock to Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Christian Church, Assembly of God Church, and The Church of the Nazarene, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Assembly of God Church — the median salary there is $37K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $25K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $52K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results suggest that Youth Pastors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Team Building, Team Leadership, Public Speaking, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Worship Planning and Leading. 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Youth Pastors make a median salary of $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

Team Leadership
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Team Building
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Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Leadership
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Event Planning
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Counseling
0%

Administration
0%

National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 445 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
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 38%