Church Organist Salary

With more than four-fifths of Church Organists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Church Organists is $17K per year and can range from $12K on the lower end to $153K per year near the higher end. Women make up a slight majority of Church Organists (54 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Church Organists is high. Less than 10 percent get medical and dental insurance, and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$11,783 - $34,563

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$14.62 - $104.88

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$11,783 - $34,563  
   
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$0.00 - $4,872  
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$12,077 - $152,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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$14.62 - $104.88  
   
Overtime
$25.00 - $75.00  
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$0.00 - $4,872  
   
Total Pay (?
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$12,077 - $152,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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.


For many Church Organists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $20K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $23K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $24K.

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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 9% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 90%
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