Male Youth Pastors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $36K per year in the United States. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Youth Pastors. While more than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and over a third have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,205 - $51,597
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$20K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,117
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$9.82 - $16.77
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,205 - $51,597  
   
Bonus
$152.05 - $2,470  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$20,269 - $51,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $16.77  
   
Overtime
$15.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$152.05 - $2,470  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$20,269 - $51,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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Youth Pastors do not often transition into Lead Pastor roles. The role averages $60K per year. Career advancement for the typical Youth Pastor often leads to becoming a Senior Pastor or an Associate Pastor; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Christian Church are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Youth Pastors. Employees of First Baptist Church can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $41K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $62K. Also paying near the top of the field are Christian Church at $39K, Assembly of God Church at $37K, and Presbyterian Church (USA), where Youth Pastors annually earn $37K.

Baptist Church offers the least money; the median income there is just $32K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $13K and $44K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Community Church ($35K), First United Methodist Church ($36K), and The Church of the Nazarene ($36K).

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Youth Pastors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Teaching command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Preaching and Worship Planning and Leading. Most people familiar with Leadership 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.


Youth Pastors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. On average, Youth Pastors make $45K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,781

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

Colorado Springs is home to an above-average pay rate for Youth Pastors, 26 percent higher than the national average. Youth Pastors will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+21 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+1 percent). Richmond is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Workers in Oklahoma City and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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
$36,000


Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 26%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Administration
up arrow 1%

Team Building
up arrow 1%

Leadership
0%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$36,000


Preaching
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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