Youth Worker Salary

Youth Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.89 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While one-third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. There are more female Youth Workers who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,726 - $44,622
$22K
$33K
$45K
MEDIAN: $33,379
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$9.14 - $16.34
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MEDIAN: $11.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,726 - $44,622  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,957 - $39,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $16.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$6.25 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$300.00  
   
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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$19,957 - $39,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Youth Worker


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Youth Workers who go on to become Non-Profit Program Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Program Managers is $44K annually. Youth Workers typically move into roles as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, and those positions pay $7K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Youth Worker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Youth Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Youth Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $31K.

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Key Stats for Youth Worker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Youth Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲18%

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲8%

National Average
$27,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Youth Worker Salaries

Case Management
▲27%

Community Outreach / Activism
▲21%

▲1%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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