Youth Pastor Salary

Male Youth Pastors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $35K per year in the United States. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. A majority enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,896 - $49,887
(Median)
$19K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,821
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$9.21 - $20.07
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$9
$12
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,896 - $49,887  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
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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$19,149 - $49,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $20.07  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $18.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,459  
   
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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$19,149 - $49,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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. When Youth Pastors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors. Those roles pay an additional $17K and $7K, 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 all popular places to work. For Youth Pastors, comfortable salaries can be found at Assembly of God Church; in fact, average earnings are around $37K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $52K) is great.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — The Church of the Nazarene offers the lowest median salary at $31K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $17K and $48K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Youth Pastors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Those familiar with Public Speaking tend to be well versed in Event Planning and Counseling. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, also skilled in Counseling and Event Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

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


Youth Pastors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $31K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. Youth Pastors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $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 379 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
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

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