Catholic youth minister salaries are in line with other denominations' youth minister salaries. They typically earn in the range of about $30,000 to $35,000, depending on their experience, where they work and their education. Youth ministers work to guide the youth in their care through life and in their spiritual walks. Although the salary typically is not high, youth ministers usually take their jobs to make a difference in the lives of young people.
The most important qualification of a Catholic youth coordinator is to have a personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ, according to the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Youth coordinators are guides, mentors and leaders to young people, and they teach them about Scripture. They plan outings and gatherings for the young people and guide them in their lives as well.
Youth coordinators receive benefits such as health care, retirement, disability and professional development in addition to their base salary. A Youth Ministry position at St. Mary's Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, posted on July 2011 on CatholicJobs.com offered dental benefits in addition to retirement and medical benefits.
A full-time youth director position for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, Kansas, offered a salary of $30,000 to $35,000 for a position listed In July 2010 on CatholicJobs.com. Salaries will depend on whether they are full-time or part-time, and the size and wealth of the parish. Education and experience also play a role in determining a director or coordinator's salary. Directors may work at the diocesan level, helping to provide professional training and coordination for youth rallies and conferences. Coordinators work more on the individual church level with a specific group of youth. In 2005, the average salary of a director with five or fewer years of experience was $38,057 per year, according to a study by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Those with 15 or more years of experience earned an average of $47,973.
In 2005, the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry reported that the typical salary of a youth coordinator was $26,334. This was an increase from $21,181 in 2000. A youth and young adult minister job in Juneau, Alaska, posted on CatholicJobs.com in May 2011 paid a salary between $30,000 and $35,000 and included comprehensive health insurance and an optional retirement plan. A youth mentor position listed on the website of Catholic Community Services in Salem, Oregon, was between $8.72 and $9.59 per hour.
GlassDoor.com, the job and salary review website, reported that the salary range for youth minister positions within and outside the Catholic church was between about $28,000 and $50,000 per year as of July 2011. As of 2008, the Lutheran church paid pastors who worked with youth an average of $51,363 year, and it paid its lay youth leaders between $36,000 and $37,000 on average, according to an ECLA Youth Ministry Network salary survey. The average annual base salary of full-time, paid youth pastors as of 2007 was $32,500, according to a salary survey by Rick Lawrence, editor of "The Group," on Youth Ministry.com. With benefits, that amount increased to $39,049.
- National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry: Becoming a Catholic Youth Ministry Leader
- CatholicJobs.com; Youth Ministry Coordinator; 2011
- CatholicJobs.com; Director of Youth Ministry; 2011
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Lay Ministry Updates; March/April 2000
- National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry; Diocesan Youth Ministry Directors 2005: A National Portrait; January 2005
- CatholicJobs.com; Youth and Young Adult Minister; 2011