The average Youth Worker in the United States earns approximately $11.85 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. About one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Youth Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Youth Workers survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,142 - $41,385
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$41K
MEDIAN: $31,746
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$9.09 - $16.61
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$9
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$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$22,142 - $41,385  
   
Bonus
$300.00  
Total Pay (?
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$19,671 - $39,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.09 - $16.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.00  
Overtime
$12.67 - $26.36  
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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$19,671 - $39,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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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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 $8K higher and $11K 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $25K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Youth Workers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Youth Workers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $31K.

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

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Youth Worker Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 29%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 24%


National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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