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Church Organist Salary

Church Organists in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly four in five have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $17K per year, but may range from $12K to $151K per year. Women make up a slight majority of Church Organists (56 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Less than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$11,645 - $34,563
(Median)
$12K
$17K
$35K
MEDIAN: $17,236
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90%

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$15.46 - $103.80
(Median)
$15
$49
$100
MEDIAN: $49.00
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90%

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Salary
$11,645 - $34,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
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$11,993 - $151,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $103.80  
   
Overtime
$25.00 - $75.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,818  
   
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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$11,993 - $151,184  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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 earns $19K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $22K. For Church Organists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $24K.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 9% dental benefits Dental: 6%
vision benefits Vision: 5% employee benefits None: 90%