Earnings for Youth Workers in the United States come in at around $11.89 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Youth Workers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. The majority of Youth Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,856 - $41,700
$22K
$32K
$42K
MEDIAN: $32,353
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$9.14 - $16.26
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$21,856 - $41,700  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,939 - $38,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $16.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$6.32 - $25.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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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$19,939 - $38,981  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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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As Youth Workers transition into upper-level roles such as Non-Profit Program Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Non-Profit Program Managers earn $44K on average per year. Youth Workers most often move into positions as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators; those groups report median salaries that are $7K 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.


Youth Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $26K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $29K. Youth Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Youth Worker Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Youth Worker?

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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Key Stats for Youth Worker

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
053
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Youth Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Youth Worker Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 27%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 21%


National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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