Close to four-fifths of Church Organists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $12K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $19K annually. About a tenth enjoy medical while less than two percent get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than five percent. Male Church Organists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. For the most part, Church Organists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$12,164 - $41,341
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$41K
MEDIAN: $19,349
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$21.25 - $132.13
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$21
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$130
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$12,164 - $41,341  
   
Bonus
$275.00  
Total Pay (?
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$12,402 - $121,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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Hourly Rate
$21.25 - $132.13  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$275.00  
   
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$12,402 - $121,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 $19K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $20K on average. On average, Church Organists make $25K following one to two decades on the job. Church Organists who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $24K.

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Always remember that you are not performing; you are to enhance the worship service to add either a prayerful mood or excitement.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 11%
dental benefits
Dental: 2%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 89%
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