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Church Secretary Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Church Secretarys in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $11.11 per hour on average. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around an eighth collect dental insurance. Most Church Secretarys like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Church Secretary Salary (?
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$14,876 - $35,486
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MEDIAN: $25,075
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Church Secretary Salary (?
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$8.69 - $14.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$12K$24K$36K
Salary
$14,876 - $35,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
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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$17,448 - $33,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$8.69 - $14.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $16.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
   
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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$17,448 - $33,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Church Secretarys who advance to upper-end positions like Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistant. Median pay for Executive Secretary or Administrative Assistants is $35K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Church Secretary

For Church Secretarys, comfortable salaries can be found at Presbyterian Church; in fact, typical earnings sit around $30K, the highest in the area.
Baptist Church offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $21K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $19K to $24K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is First Baptist Church.

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 Office Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phone Support, Microsoft Excel, and Word Processing. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Typing.

Pay by Experience Level for Church Secretary

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. Church Secretarys who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $25K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $25K on average. The largest share of Church Secretarys have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

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Experience Affects Church Secretary Salaries

National Average
$24,000

Skills That Affect Church Secretary Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 9%
Bookkeeping
up arrow 4%
Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%
National Average
$24,000
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
Office Administration
up arrow 1%
Typing
up arrow 3%
Word Processing
up arrow 11%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 12%
Phone Support
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 28% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 71%