For the 10th year, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network conducted a salary survey of its youth workers.
The survey indicates that salaries and benefits for professional youth ministry leaders have increased steadily long-term but remained flat in the past year.
Salaries have gone up 38 percent since 1998, but the gap between pastors and lay leaders is wide.
Pastors who work with youth receive salaries that average $51,363, while lay leaders are paid between $36,000 and $37,000.
Rostered professionals are also compensated more, and men continue to make more than women.
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