Church Secretary Salary

Women account for the majority of Church Secretaries in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $11.78 per hour. The specific employer and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly one-fourth enjoy medical while around an eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Church Secretaries. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$14,566 - $35,688
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$36K
MEDIAN: $24,814
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$9.11 - $16.09
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,566 - $35,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $700  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$17,501 - $34,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.11 - $16.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $24.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $700  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$17,501 - $34,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
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Job Description for Church Secretary

A church secretary works as an administrative assistant to pastors and other managers or elders in the congregation. They assist these leaders with typing correspondence, creating documents, distributing memos, and answering email. They also organize documents for the ministry and follow an organizational system that allows any necessary documents to be easily produced on demand. The church secretary is also tasked with collecting, organizing, and distributing necessary information from church clubs, groups, and affiliated organizations.

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Church Secretary Tasks

  • Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
  • Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
  • Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
  • Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.

Common Career Paths for Church Secretary


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Church Secretaries who go on to become Office Administrators may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Office Administrators is $36K annually. A common career progression for a Church Secretary is to become an Administrative Assistant or a Church Administrator. Compared to Church Secretaries, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary


For Church Secretaries, comfortable salaries can be found at Presbyterian Church; in fact, median earnings sit around $30K, the highest in the area.

The lowest salaries can be found at Baptist Church — median pay is $21K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $19K and only reaching $26K.

Popular Skills for Church Secretary


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Bookkeeping, Microsoft Office, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phone Support, Microsoft Excel, and Word Processing. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Church Secretary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Church Secretaries, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $23K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Church Secretaries make a median salary of $25K. Church Secretaries with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Church Secretary Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Church Secretary Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$25,000

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Word Processing
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 15%

Phone Support
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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