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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 $35K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to more than two-fifths, and just under a fourth earn dental coverage. Female Church Administrators make up most of the field at 79 percent. Work is enjoyable for Church Administrators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Church Administrator Salary (?
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$21,112 - $59,560
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MEDIAN: $34,996
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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 (?
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  
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
Bonus
$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  
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

Survey results suggest that Church Administrators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Accounting are similarly competent in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Church Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Church Administrators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $31K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $41K. A little more than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than two percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in six.

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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%