Youth Worker Salary

Average Youth Workers in the United States make around $11.58 per hour. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Youth Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,981 - $43,631
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,641
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$9.21 - $16.33
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,981 - $43,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
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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$19,902 - $39,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $16.33  
   
Overtime
$12.48 - $25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
   
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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$19,902 - $39,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Youth Worker

A youth worker serves as an advocate and role model at a youth center or program, providing guidance and support to teenagers and children. The main focus for a youth worker is to build therapeutic relationships with their mentees. Though this is a support position, a youth worker should have strong leadership capabilities to provide the youth with the direction they need. Sensitivity to cultural and individual differences are essential. Additionally, since youth workers interact with children from many different backgrounds, they must be flexible, patient, and understanding. Maturity and consistency are important, as the youth worker must set a positive example for the children who are being mentored.

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Youth Worker Tasks

  • Keep facility hygienic and workspace neat and orderly.
  • Plan and implement group and individual activities.
  • Supervise children, ensuring safety, and adherence to regulations.
  • Create, revise, and update documents about children, their care, and the facility.

Common Career Paths for Youth Worker


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Youth Workers do not often transition into Non-Profit Program Manager roles. The role averages $43K per year. It is quite typical for Youth Workers to transition into roles as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, where reported median earnings are $8K and $10K higher per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Youth Worker

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $25K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $25K. Youth Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $36K.

Youth Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Youth Worker in Ambler:
"Team Player."
Be a team player however be capable to work independently. Stick to the program you company offers and stay consistent.

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Experience Affects Youth Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%
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