Youth Worker Salary

Youth Workers in the United States pull down an average of $11.40 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.02 per hour and $16.68. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by half. Job satisfaction for Youth Workers is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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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Youth Workers who transition into a Non-Profit Program Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $44K 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 $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Youth Workers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $25K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Youth Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is 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
up arrow 2%

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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