Youth Worker Salary

Youth Workers in the United States take home approximately $11.58 per hour on average. 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. Although more than half have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,981 - $43,631
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,694
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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 (?
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$19,902 - $39,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 - $39,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Youth Workers sometimes become Non-Profit Program Managers, where the average income is $43K per year. Youth Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $10K higher, 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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $25K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $25K. Youth Workers see a median salary of $29K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Youth Workers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher 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 14%

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
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
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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