Average Youth Minister Salary

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The average salary for a Youth Minister is $36,081.
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$23k - $49k

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Job Description for Youth Minister

Youth Minister Tasks
  • Foster the spiritual growth of teens and provide group or individual pastoral consultation.
  • Integrate youths into worship life through increases responsibilities as acolytes or readers.
  • Plan, facilitate, and lead youth ministry programs and bible studies.

Job Satisfaction for Youth Minister

4.1 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Minister

The top respondents for the job title Youth Minister are from the companies Church of Christ, Baptist Church and Christian Church. Reported salaries are highest at Church of Christ where the average pay is $40,134. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Baptist Church, earning around $37,500. St. Mary's Church pays the lowest at around $35,750. First United Methodist Church also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $36,174.

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Popular Skills for Youth Minister

Skills in Event Planning, Public Speaking, Team Leadership and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Minister

An entry-level Youth Minister with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $33,484 based on 42 salaries. An early career Youth Minister with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $34,599 based on 387 salaries. A mid-career Youth Minister with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $38,698 based on 205 salaries. An experienced Youth Minister with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $42,711 based on 123 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $39,402.
Employees with Youth Minister in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 10.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Charlotte, North Carolina (10.9% more) and Houston, Texas (9.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Louisville, Kentucky (22.4% less) and Knoxville, Tennessee (7.1% less).

Years of Experience

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