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 if you're on the Enterprise Grid plan), 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.
    • Invited members
      Invited members have been invited to your workspace, but have not accepted their invitation. They can be added to channels, @mentioned, and sent direct messages — and receive email notifications for those messages. Soon, they’ll be able to reply to Slack messages via email as well.

Note: On the Standard and Plus plans, members, Workspace Owners/Admins, and Multi-Channel Guests are paid role types. Learn how to choose the plan that's right for your team.

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.
  • Invited members
    Invited members have been invited to your workspace, but have not accepted their invitation. They can be added to channels, @mentioned, and sent direct messages — and receive email notifications for those messages. Soon, they’ll be able to reply to Slack messages via email as well.

Note: On the Enterprise Grid plan, members, Owners/Admins, and Multi-Channel Guests are paid role types. Talk to your Account Executive for information on pricing. 

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