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I'll be a little different but I do agree with everyone else here as well. First and foremost trust in God. Go where He wants you to go and He'll take care of you if you trust fully in Him. I made $200 a week as bivocational for 7 years. Now I'm full-time, have 2 kids, my wife hasn't been able to find a job for over a year, but God has met our needs to the penny. It truly is amazing to see and be a part of. Don't get so wrapped up in the numbers that you tune out the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:6, 1 Peter 2:21, Deuteronomy 28:12. These verses may help as a little reflection for you.

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Ministry degree, age, years in ministry all have to factor in.

Group has a good average of what pastors make, how long they stay etc. just google it and you can find some stuff.

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personally, i think any minister should make the average of what those in the congregation make; or what the average cost of living entails.
do some research on your area and see what the average income is.

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I agree with everyone here. Also level of education and experience plays in as well, initially. I know some great youth pastors who have little more than a high school education, but I also know some who have masters degrees from seminary or bachelors degrees in ministry or theology. I would say ministry experience can equal education, but education and experience may be factors the church considers in determining your salary.

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I will agree with everyone else. Look at teachers salary and start from there. Ultimately it is going to depend on many different variables. The Denomination, size of the group, size of the church, role of the position and just how important youth ministry is to the church.
Do your homework before taking any offer. You could also subsidized a lower pay with more vacation time (funny I know for a youth pastor).

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There's a lot of different thinking on this but I'll just share my 2 cents. Often there are 2 extremes in views: ministers of the Gospel have been called to a life of service to God and therefore should not be paid or paid minimally as a "minister of the Gospel." The other extreme is along the lines of "if we want to attract the best and brightest, we need to offer a salary package that is so attractive, our people will feel comfortable enough to never leave." My thinking is somewhere in the middle, taking into account the various factors
Sorry, long answer - I'll post the full answer at www.mattinmenlo.com - thanks!

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I would look to Group Magazine, who comes out with a magazine devoted to youth pastors' salaries every two years. it should be coming out in the next couple months.

In general, it is appropriate to ask for the same salary as a local school teacher with the same amount of experience. Depending on the church and its funds, this might not be possible. At my church, I make significantly less than a schoolteacher, but I consider myself blessed to be able to do what I love doing as a missionary to my hometown.

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There's tons of factors that go into this. Where you live, what kind of area it is, how big of a church/youth min, etc. Making $40k in one area may be the equivalent of $20k in another.

What I would look into is how much teachers make in the public sector at your level (exp. and edu.). Keep in mind that they work 10 months a year plus vaca, and may not have the same hours/expectations. Also, find what the average salary in your area is (I believe census.gov may have that). That may give you a picture of what it costs to live in the area and what should be fair. You should be able to live in your town without constant financial stress, if the church knows what's good for it (and you!)

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A youth pastor with a college education should make 120% of a public school teacher in your area. The average school teacher works 183 days per year. The average youth minister works 238 days per year. The difference is around 20%. This is a starting point for your discussions. It also depends on denomination, size of the church, size of the city, church budge, part of the country, etc. But basing it on a school teacher salary is where you should start. Some will be higher, most will be a little lower. You can see what some churches are paying at www.ministryclick.com (shameless plug), churchstaffing.com, YS jobs, etc.