Youth Worker Salary

For Youth Workers, hourly average wages total $11.40 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.02 per hour and $16.68. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, roughly one in three claim no health benefits at all. Most Youth Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Youth Workers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,717 - $44,494
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,015
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$9.02 - $16.68
(Median)
$9
$11
$17
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,717 - $44,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $550  
Total Pay (?
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$19,321 - $40,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.02 - $16.68  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $27.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $550  
   
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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$19,321 - $40,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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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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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. It is quite typical for Youth Workers to transition into roles as Youth Pastors or Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators, where reported median earnings are $8K and $11K higher per year.

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Job skills reported by Youth Workers are limited. Most notably, facility with Case Management and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Worker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $25K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $25K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $33K.

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 29%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$26,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Youth Worker Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 24%


National Average
$26,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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