Career Options

Careers for Youth Ministry Majors

  • Youth Minister
  • Urban Ministry Administrator
  • Director of a Faith-based Organization
  • Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • School Athletic Coach
  • Director of Youth-focused Nonprofit Organization

Starting Salary*

A youth ministry major’s typical starting salary is $39,445. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $48,783.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit payscale.com.

Job Titles of People with Youth Ministry Degrees

  • Director, Spectrum Ministries
  • Junior High Director, First Baptist Church, Cambridge, Minnesota
  • Youth Pastor, Springdale Pentecostal Church
  • Special Events Coordinator, Eastside Academy (alternative high school)
  • Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Meridian Assembly
  • Lead Director, Gettysburg Master’s Commission
  • Lead Pastor, Southridge Community Church, Spokane, Washington
  • Supervisor and Manager, Clinical Pastoral Education Programs, Community Hospital Campuses, Baylor Healthcare System
  • Author: Music, Lyrics, and Libretto, Amazing Grace: The True Story (musical)
Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.