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Church Organist Salary

Over four-fifths of Church Organists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $12K to $137K per year, and the average comes out to $17K annually. Less than 10 percent receive medical and dental insurance and less than five percent get vision insurance. Most Church Organists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Church Organists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$11,365 - $34,786
(Median)
$11K
$17K
$35K
MEDIAN: $17,015
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$15.46 - $102.44
(Median)
$15
$50
$100
MEDIAN: $49.00
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Salary
$11,365 - $34,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$11,872 - $137,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $102.44  
   
Overtime
$25.43 - $51.39  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$11,872 - $137,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $22K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $21K on average. For Church Organists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $23K.

Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 9% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 90%