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Church Secretary Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Church Secretarys in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $11.34 per hour. The particular firm and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to just under one in three, and nearly one in eight earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$14,743 - $35,522
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36K
MEDIAN: $25,193
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$8.87 - $15.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,743 - $35,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$17,287 - $33,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $15.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $19.25  
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$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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).
)
$17,287 - $33,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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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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At the upper end, Church Secretarys who move into an Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants is $35K per year. A common career progression for a Church Secretary is to become an Administrative Assistant or a Church Administrator. Compared to Church Secretarys, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary


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

With a median salary of $21K, Baptist Church provides Church Secretarys with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $26K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Church Secretary


Survey results suggest that Church Secretarys use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service, Bookkeeping, Payroll Administration, and Typing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phone Support, Microsoft Excel, and Word Processing. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Church Secretary

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


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. Church Secretarys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Church Secretarys 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
$24,000


Skills That Affect Church Secretary Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 7%


Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Typing
0%

National Average
$24,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Office Administration
up arrow 1%

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 116 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 71%