Youth Worker Salary

Earnings for Youth Workers in the United States come in at around $11.67 per hour on average. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. Women Youth Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Youth Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,160 - $42,986

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$9.19 - $16.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,160 - $42,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
Total Pay (?
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$19,857 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $16.28  
   
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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$19,857 - $39,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Youth Workers move into roles as Non-Profit Program Managers, where pay is an average $43K per year. The most common next step for a Youth Worker is to become a Youth Pastor or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $26K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $25K. Youth Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $36K on average.

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 11%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
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Mid-Career
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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
9%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%
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