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Youth Worker Salary

For Youth Workers, hourly average wages total $11.67 per hour. Although the larger part have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Youth Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Youth Workers (55 percent) survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$21,134 - $44,979
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$45K
MEDIAN: $29,697
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$9.21 - $16.37
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,134 - $44,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
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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$19,977 - $40,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $16.37  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $25.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
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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$19,977 - $40,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118

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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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Youth Workers do not often transition into Non-Profit Program Manager roles. The role averages $43K per year. The most common next step for a Youth Worker is to become a Youth Pastor or a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Youth Worker

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $26K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $25K on average. For Youth Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $36K on average.

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 37%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
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: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 31%
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