Muslim Imam should not be paid , this is called selling Islam for petty gains. If they need money they should earn other than just leading Prayers or Friday sermons..
That is why now a days every second mosque in world fight for Imams. because this is very lucrative offer.. See Dr Yasir Qadhi , Omer Sulaiman etc imams in West living on Imams salary with luxury ..
Again , Imam should not be so secular by getting only religious education rather they should learn skills like Prophet Daood and the great Companions (Sahabas) to earn the livings from their own hands while serving deen .
Think about secularist and your mind draw a picture of clean shaved, western dressed man/woman – Secular means the person who draws the line between people private and public lives and confined religion only with the personal issues.
With this, Majority of Muslim scholars specially those living in West are Secular , as they have confined Islam within mosques and with in Fiqhs of Aqeedah/Rituals. They don’t or incapable to speak for Social , Politico , Economic Justice which Islam brings about.
That is why they are as equal secular as any clean shaved modernists . Except that their dress code is bit bulky and have beard .