Church Organist Salary

Church Organists in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than four-fifths of Church Organists. Salaries average out to around $17K per year and spread from $12K to $152K per year. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Church Organists. In this profession, less than one-tenth enjoy medical and dental coverage, and fewer than one in twenty have vision insurance, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$11,780 - $34,490
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$34K
MEDIAN: $17,296
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90%

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$14.62 - $104.88
(Median)
$15
$37
$100
MEDIAN: $36.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$11,780 - $34,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$12,057 - $151,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $104.88  
   
Overtime
$25.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$12,057 - $151,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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.

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Church Organist Tasks

  • Attend meetings and planning sessions.
  • Direct other instrumentalists.
  • Play for regularly schedules services and special events.

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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $20K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $21K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Church Organists make a median salary of $23K. Church Organists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$22,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 91%
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