Roles in Slack

Every member in Slack has a role, and each role has a different level of permissions. Learn more about roles below, then visit Permissions in Slack (or Permissions on an organisation if you're on the Enterprise Grid subscription), for a detailed breakdown of what they can do.

 

Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

The Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions 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 that they can’t delete or transfer ownership of a workspace.
  • Workspace admins
    There can be multiple workspace admins. They help to 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 that they share channels with.
    • Invited members
      Invited members have been invited to join your workspace, but have not accepted their invitation. They can be added to channels, @mentioned and sent direct messages. Invited members receive Slack notifications by email, and can reply to messages in Slack by email as well. 

Note: On the Standard and Plus subscriptions, members, workspace owners/admins and multi-channel guests are paid role types. Learn how to choose the subscription that's right for your team.

Slack Enterprise Grid powers multiple interconnected Slack workspaces across your entire company. Within a Slack organisation, 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 that they can’t transfer ownership of the org.
  • Org admins
    There can be multiple org admins. They help to 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. Much like 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 to 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 that they share channels with.
  • Invited members
    Invited members have been invited to join your workspace, but have not accepted their invitation. They can be added to channels, @mentioned and sent direct messages – and they 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 subscription, 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.