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Youth Worker Salary

Youth Workers in the United States pull down an average of $11.60 per hour. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just under one-half have dental, too. 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 (56 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,977 - $43,631
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $29,579
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$9.20 - $16.37
(Median)
$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,977 - $43,631  
   
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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$19,903 - $40,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $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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$19,903 - $40,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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There are some Youth Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Non-Profit Program Managers, where earnings are an average $43K annually. 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 $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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $26K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $25K. Youth Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $33K 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 27%

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
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 31%