$37,103
Avg. Salary
$14.58
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$595

Bonus

$1,050

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Youth Pastor is $14.58 per hour.

The average pay for a Youth Pastor is $37,103 per year.

$9.87
10%
$14.58
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$19.99
90%
MEDIAN $14.58
$22k
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$37k
50%
$53k
90%
MEDIAN $37,103
$21,916 - $52,911
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MEDIAN: $37,103
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$0$52K
Salary $21,916 - $52,911
Bonus $134 - $2,534
Profit Sharing $1,050
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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$21,365 - $52,685
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,221
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $9.87 - $19.99
Overtime $15.75
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $134 - $2,534
Profit Sharing $1,050
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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$21,365 - $52,685
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 94

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.

Youth Pastor Pay By Employer

$0$65K

Baptist Church
42 profiles
$35,373

$39,154

Christian Church
13 profiles
$35,000

$36,929

Calvary Chapel
8 profiles
$35,750

$36,630

$31,500

$45,000

$42,450

$36,500

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 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: $36,809

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 Fort Worth:
"A great place to work and Grow."
Pros: Lot of opportunities
Cons: Tons of other churches here.

Youth Pastor in Mount Vernon:
"City Culture."
Pros: It's quiet and for the most part safe for children to grow up in.
Cons: However, due its location, the diversity isn't the best AT all. Therefore, it is questionable if it is conducive to remain here over the long hall.

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 Columbus:
"Parents."
Be sure you communicate and pay attention to parents.

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.

Youth Pastor in Riverview:
"Up And Down. Largely Satisfying."
Pros: Working with students and seeing them take ownership of their faith. Watching adults that I'm investing in take more and more responsibility and seeing them invest in the students. I enjoy preparing sermons and delivering them to the students. Brainstorming ideas and working with a team is fun.
Cons: The constant search for volunteers as we gain some and lose some. The struggle to have a consistent budget for a years worth of ministry. The challenge of growth in number outpacing the growth of depth and quality of volunteer. Space is becoming an issue for both kids on Sundays and youth on Wednesdays.

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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 335 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Youth Pastor Salaries

▲36%

▲21%

▲5%

National Average
$37,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Youth Pastor Salaries

Teaching
▲22%


National Average
$37,000





Leadership
▼3%

Counseling
▼3%


Preaching
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
no benefits
None: 40%