Church Secretary Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Church Secretaries in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.78 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Church Secretaries. Nearly one in four enjoy medical while approximately one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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 (?
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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.

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Church Secretaries' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Office Administrator. The average Office Administrator brings home $36K per year. Church Secretaries typically move into roles as Administrative Assistants or Church Administrators, and those positions pay $6K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary


Presbyterian Church leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $30K.

Church Secretaries will find the worst pay at Baptist Church, where the median salary crawls in at $21K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $26K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Church Secretary


Survey results suggest that Church Secretaries put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Bookkeeping, Microsoft Office, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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 Church Secretaries, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $23K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. For Church Secretaries, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $25K. Church Secretaries who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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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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