Roles in Slack

Every member in Slack has a role, and each one has a different level of permissions. Learn more about roles below, then visit Permissions in Slack or Permissions on an organization for a detailed break-down of what they can do.

Free, Standard, and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

The Free, Standard, and Plus plans power a single workspace. Workspace roles are either administrative or non-administrative.

Administrative roles

  • Workspace Primary Owner
    Every workspace has a single Primary Owner who holds the highest level of permissions. Only this person can delete the workspace or transfer ownership to someone else.
  • Workspace Owners
    There can be multiple Workspace Owners. Workspace Owners have the same level of permissions as the Primary Owner, except they can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace Admins
    There can be multiple Workspace Admins. They help manage members, channels, and other administrative tasks.


Non-administrative roles

  • Members
    Members are the people that join your Slack workspace. They can use Slack to communicate and collaborate with other members.
  • Guests
    Guests are people that join your workspace, but have limited access. Multi-Channel guests can use specific channels, and Single-Channel guests can only use one channel. Guests can only collaborate with the members they share channels with.

Slack Enterprise Grid powers multiple interconnected Slack workspaces across your entire company. Within a Slack organization, a role can sit at either the org- or workspace-level.

Org-level roles

Administrative

  • Primary Org Owner
    Every Org has a single Primary Owner who holds the highest level of permissions. Only this person can transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org Owners
    There can be multiple Org Owners. Org Owners hold the same level of permissions as the Primary Org Owner, except they can’t transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org Admins
    There can be multiple Org Admins. They help manage org-level administrative tasks.


Workspace-level roles

Administrative 

  • Workspace Primary Owner
    Every workspace has a single Primary Owner who holds the highest level of permissions. Only this person can delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace Owners
    There can be multiple Workspace Owners. Similar to a Primary Owner, this role also holds the highest level of permissions, but can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace Admins
    There can be multiple Workspace Admins. This role helps manage members, channels, and other administrative tasks.


Non-administrative 

  • Members
    Members are the people that have joined your Slack workspace. They can use Slack to communicate and collaborate with other members.
  • Guests
    Guests are people that join your workspace, but have limited access. Multi-channel guests can use specific channels, and Single-channel guests can only use one channel. Guests can only collaborate with the members they share channels with.

Tip: If you hold an administrative role on a workspace or org, learn more about changing a member’s role

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