Church Secretary Salary
|Salary||$15,415 - $36,930|
|Bonus||$98.63 - $2,968|
|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).)
|$18,595 - $35,646|
|Hourly Rate||$9.65 - $16.80|
|Overtime||$1.51 - $26.57|
|Bonus||$98.63 - $2,968|
|Total Pay (||$18,595 - $35,646|
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.Read More...
Additionally, the secretary is frequently the person who prepares bulletins for church services, designing these documents using specialized software. To prepare the bulletins, they must gather information from clergy, other church leaders, and church groups; they must ensure that each bulletin is easy to read and free of typos. Additionally, the secretary may be tasked with printing, folding, and storing bulletins.
A church secretary obviously must have excellent computer-based office skills and be well organized. Additionally, they must have good interpersonal communication skills, as they frequently handle phone, email, and in-person inquiries. The secretary is often a member of the congregation for whom he or she works, and many churches require membership for employment. For many churches, limited funding also limits the hours a church secretary may work, and the job is likely to require 20 to 25 hours per week during regular business hours.
Church Secretary Tasks
- Schedule travel, appointments and meetings.
- Coordinate space and office organization; maintaining paper and electronic files.
- Greet visitors and callers, route and resolve information requests.
- Type correspondence, compile data for expense and statistical reports.
Common Career Paths for Church Secretary
Church Secretaries may progress into high-paying roles like Office Administrator, where median compensation is $37K annually. Church Secretaries moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Church Administrators or Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $10K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary
Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church, and Christian Church are top-notch employers for Church Secretaries in this area. Presbyterian Church attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $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
Church Secretaries report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Office Administration, Customer Service, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Phone Support as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Word Processing also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Typing.
Pay by Experience Level for Church Secretary
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $26K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $27K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $26K.
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