Youth Worker Salary

Median pay for Youth Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $11.79 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Youth Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Youth Workers (62 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,726 - $44,622
$22K
$34K
$45K
MEDIAN: $33,628
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$9.14 - $16.22
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MEDIAN: $11.79
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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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$19,948 - $39,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $16.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$6.39 - $39.45  
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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$19,948 - $39,277  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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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At the upper end, Youth Workers who move into a Non-Profit Program Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Non-Profit Program Managers is a much higher $44K per year. Youth Workers typically move into roles as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, and those positions pay $8K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Youth Worker

Pay by Experience for a Youth Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Youth Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 156 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Youth Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 54 salaries. An experienced Youth Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 30 salaries. A Youth Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 5 salaries.

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Key Stats for Youth Worker

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Youth Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲20%

Experienced
▲17%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$26,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Youth Worker Salaries

Case Management
▲29%

Community Outreach / Activism
▲23%

▲3%

National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 33%
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