Church Administrator Salary (United States)

Church Administrators aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $33,232 annually across the county. Pay generally spreads from $20,975 to $52,150 per year. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; 42 percent claim both medical and dental insurance and 14 percent get vision coverage. Female Church Administrators make up most of the field at 79 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Church Administrator Salary (?
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$21,112 - $59,560
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MEDIAN: $34,996
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Church Administrator Salary (?
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$9.97 - $19.79
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National Salary Data

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$21,112 - $59,560  
   
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$0.00 - $1,036  
Total Pay (?
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$20,975 - $52,150  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $19.79  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$0.00 - $1,036  
   
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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$20,975 - $52,150  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Job Description for Church Administrator

Church administrators run their church's day-to-day operations to ensure that contributions and income are spent in the most efficient way. The church administrator generally is second only to the pastors in managing the affairs of the worship group. The administrator must ensure that budgets and forecasts are followed, as well as work with the pastor or pastors to ensure that initiatives such as adult Bible studies can be funded from general contributions or have a fee commensurate with the cost of any study materials required.
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Church Administrator Tasks
  • Schedule church calendar and use of church facilities.
  • Create and distribute church publications and newsletters.
  • Provide administrative support for clergy and church staff.

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Popular Skills for Church Administrator

Church Administrators report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Facility Maintenance & Coordination and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent and 14 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Accounting are, more often than not, also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Church Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Church Administrators, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Salaries can reach $33K from $31K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $35K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Church Administrators after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 17 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Church Administrator Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Church Administrator Salaries

Facility Maintenance & Coordination
up arrow 35%
Office Administration
up arrow 1%
National Average
$33,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%
Bookkeeping
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 14% employee benefits None: 56%
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