Youth Pastor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Youth Pastors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Although a majority have medical coverage and about a third have dental coverage, about two-fifths claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Youth Pastors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,167 - $52,043
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$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,679
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$9.99 - $20.29
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MEDIAN: $14.76
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$0$52K
Salary $21,167 - $52,043
Bonus $147.40 - $2,457
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$21,079 - $51,831
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,271
Hourly Data $0$20
Hourly Rate $9.99 - $20.29
Overtime $15.75
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $147.40 - $2,457
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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$21,079 - $51,831
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Youth Pastor

Youth pastors are responsible for the development and implementation of a youth ministry. Under the supervision of a senior pastor, they usually work with the teenagers in a church, but they may work with children of all ages, ranging from elementary to high school. They may also work with young adults in the church who are college-age.

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Youth Pastor Tasks

  • Lead weekly meetings and activities for youth and the youth bible study.
  • Recruit and train youth for mission trips.
  • Promote community outreach and involvement for youths according to the Church's mission.

Common Career Paths for Youth Pastor


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Though some Youth Pastors move into positions like Lead Pastor (where the average salary is $61K), this progression is not the norm. When Youth Pastors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Pastors or Associate Pastors. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $6K, respectively.

Youth Pastor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Youth Pastor


Known for taking on a considerable number of Youth Pastors, Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Presbyterian Church (USA) are leading firms in the industry. Youth Pastors flock to First Baptist Church for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $43K lead the pack in compensation; however, First Baptist Church also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $20K at one end to $62K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Christian Church, The Church of the Nazarene, and Calvary Chapel, where Youth Pastors typically earn around $40K, $40K, or $38K, respectively.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Baptist Church. While salaries on one end can reach $45K, the company's median pay sits at $32K, the lowest in the field. Community Church, First United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church (USA) are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $35K, $36K, and $37K.

Popular Skills for Youth Pastor


Survey results suggest that Youth Pastors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Teaching command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Preaching and Worship Planning and Leading. Most people familiar with Leadership also know Event Planning and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Youth Pastor

Pay by Experience for a Youth Pastor has a positive trend. An entry-level Youth Pastor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 739 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Youth Pastor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 484 salaries. An experienced Youth Pastor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 245 salaries. A Youth Pastor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,399

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Colorado Springs offers some of the highest pay in the country for Youth Pastors, 24 percent above the national average. Youth Pastors will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Orlando (+5 percent). Youth Pastors in Richmond report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and Minneapolis (19 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Youth Pastor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Youth Pastor?

Youth Pastor in Waverly:
"My job."
Pros: I get to work with people and for the sake of people on behalf of God.
Cons: Some people have in mind things other than God and make things difficult.

Youth Pastor in Renton:
"Visionary Leader, Culture Creator, Holistic Strategist, Public Communicator."
Pros: I love to love and lead people.
Cons: Administration, Event Planning, and Leadership Correction.

Youth Pastor in Silver Spring:
"Very Rewarding To Sow Into The Next Generation."
Pros: To see students grow in their relationship with Christ.
Cons: People don't understand how much goes into ministry and they can be very critical.

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Key Stats for Youth Pastor

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Youth Pastor Salaries

▲38%

▲23%

▲6%

National Average
$36,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲24%





National Average
$36,000


Counseling
▼1%

Leadership
▼2%


Preaching
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 41%
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