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 $19K per year and spread from $12K to $103K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in eight, and less than one in ten earn dental coverage. Men working as Church Organists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. The majority of Church Organists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$12,063 - $42,449|
|Total Pay (||$12,254 - $102,923|
|Hourly Rate||$19.17 - $101.74|
|Total Pay (||$12,254 - $102,923|
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
Pay by Experience for a Church Organist has a positive trend. An entry-level Church Organist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $19,000 based on 20 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Church Organist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $20,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Church Organist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 48 salaries. A Church Organist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 74 salaries.
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