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Youth Worker Salary

Average Youth Workers in the United States make around $11.29 per hour. Job satisfaction for Youth Workers is high. Men working as Youth Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. Women Youth Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and slightly less than half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,415 - $46,228
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$46K
MEDIAN: $29,784
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$9.19 - $16.01
(Median)
$9
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$20,415 - $46,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
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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$19,775 - $40,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $16.01  
   
Overtime
$13.45 - $25.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,163  
   
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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$19,775 - $40,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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While not commonly seen, Youth Workers who transition into a Non-Profit Program Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Non-Profit Program Managers is $43K per year. When Youth Workers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Youth Pastors or Social Workers. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $11K, 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 $25K 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 see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $36K.

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 38%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%