Church Secretary Salary

Church Secretaries in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $11.37 per hour for pay. The specific employer and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and around an eighth earn dental coverage. Most Church Secretaries report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$14,915 - $35,774
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$36K
MEDIAN: $24,974
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$9.05 - $15.60
(Median)
$9
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,915 - $35,774  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$17,460 - $34,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.05 - $15.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$17,460 - $34,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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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For Church Secretaries, progressing to an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant can earn $35K annually. Church Secretaries most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Church Administrators; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary


Church Secretaries seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Presbyterian Church, where the average salary comes to $30K.

Employees at Baptist Church take home the smallest paychecks, and $21K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $19K and quickly nearing the top at only $26K.

Popular Skills for Church Secretary


Survey results imply that Church Secretaries put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Payroll Administration, Bookkeeping, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $25K. Church Secretaries see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Church Secretary Salaries




National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Church Secretary Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
0%

Typing
0%

National Average
$24,000

Word Processing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Phone Support
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 72%
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