Roles in Slack

Every person using Slack has a role in their workspace or Enterprise Grid organisation, and each role has a different level of permissions. Slack roles are divided into two categories: administrative and non-administrative. Keep reading to learn more.

Note: Visit Permissions on a Slack workspace or Permissions on an Enterprise Grid organisation for a detailed breakdown of the actions that each Slack role can take.


Administrative roles

The people responsible for managing a Slack workspace or Enterprise Grid org will be in administrative roles. These administrative roles include owners and admins. 

  • People in an owner role might be founders and executives, members of senior leadership, department heads or someone from the IT department who provisions licences or handles account administration.
  • People in an admin role might be managers, senior administrative staff, project managers or IT administrators.


Owner and admin roles by subscription

Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

  • Workspace primary owner
    Every workspace has a single primary owner. Only this person can delete the workspace or transfer primary ownership to someone else.
  • Workspace owners
    There can be multiple workspace owners in a workspace. Workspace owners have the same level of permissions as the primary owner, except that they can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace admins
    There can be multiple workspace admins in a workspace. They help to manage members and can perform other administrative tasks.

In an Enterprise Grid org, administrative roles exist at both the org and workspace level. Org-level owners and admins manage settings, permissions and policies that affect an entire org, while workspace-level owners and admins manage settings and permissions for their specific workspaces. 


Org-level administrators 

  • Org primary owner
    Every Enterprise Grid org has a single org primary owner. Only this person can transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org owners
    There can be multiple org owners in an Enterprise Grid org. Org owners hold the same level of permissions as the primary org owner, except that they can’t transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org admins
    There can be multiple org admins in an Enterprise Grid org. They help to manage org-level policies and other administrative tasks.


Workspace-level administrators

  • Workspace primary owner
    Every workspace in an Enterprise Grid org has a single workspace primary owner. Only this person can delete or transfer primary ownership of the workspace to someone else.
  • Workspace owners
    In an Enterprise Grid org, a workspace can have multiple workspace owners. Workspace owners have the same level of permissions as the workspace primary owner, except they can’t delete or transfer ownership of the workspace.
  • Workspace admins
    In an Enterprise Grid org, a workspace can have multiple workspace admins. They help to manage members and can perform other administrative tasks.


Non-administrative roles

Non-administrative roles in Slack include members and guests. People in these roles can work in channels and access key features of Slack, but cannot adjust administrative settings unless they've been granted certain permissions by an owner or admin.

  • Full members
    Full members have access to use features in a Slack workspace or org, except for those that are limited to only owners and admins.
  • Guests
    Guest accounts are available only on paid subscriptions. Guests have limited access to a Slack workspace or org: Multi-channel guests can use specific channels, and single-channel guests can only use one channel. Guests can use many of the same features that members can in the channels they have access to.
  • Invited members
    Invited members have been invited to join a workspace or Enterprise Grid org, but haven’t yet accepted their invitation. Other members can add them to channels, mention them and send them direct messages (DMs). Invited members will receive email notifications whenever they’re mentioned or sent a DM.