Church Organist Salary
Church Organists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around four in five of Church Organists. Pay fluctuates from $12K to $104K per year, but expected earnings average $19K per year. Work is enjoyable for Church Organists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-tenth, and fewer than one in ten earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Church Organist
A church organist plays the organ in church services. The organ is an important musical instrument in many religious traditions. In some cases, organists collaborate with the pastor or music director to choose hymns for the worship service. In others, organists are given an overview of the lesson and allowed to choose appropriate music. Often, these selections must be approved by the music department.Read More...
Church organists usually play for all of the services held in a given week and may occasionally be called upon to provide music for guest events the church is hosting. Sometimes organists accompany a church choir, and often they provide music for weddings and funerals. In most regular church services, an organist play several pieces, including a prelude, accompaniment to hymns, an offertory, and a postlude. The hours of the job can vary widely depending on how often services are held and the extent to which the organ is part of the service. Preparation time is important for this position, and if organists are unable to attend a service for any reason, they are often required to provide a suitable replacement for the duration of the time they will be absent.
Some churches look for organists with a bachelor's degree in music or a related field. Organists also must be able to demonstrate the necessary musical talent and a knowledge of the type of organ that the church owns. Interested applicants will likely be asked to play a few hymns for the pastor or minister of music.
Church Organist Tasks
- Play for regularly schedules services and special events.
- Direct other instrumentalists.
- Attend meetings and planning sessions.
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Pay by Experience Level for Church Organist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Church Organists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $19K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $20K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Church Organists make a median salary of $21K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Church Organists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $25K.
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