Church Organists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around four in five of Church Organists. Pay fluctuates from $12K to $104K per year, but expected earnings average $19K per year. Work is enjoyable for Church Organists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one-tenth, and fewer than one in ten earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$12,204 - $41,750
$12K
$19K
$42K
MEDIAN: $19,181
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90%

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$20.95 - $99.33
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$99
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Salary
$12,204 - $41,750  
   
Bonus
$325.00  
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$12,440 - $103,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 106
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$20.95 - $99.33  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$325.00  
   
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$12,440 - $103,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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

  • 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Church Organists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $19K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $20K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Church Organists make a median salary of $21K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Church Organists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $25K.

Church Organist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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

Key Stats for Church Organist

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Church Organist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 10%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
vision benefits
Vision: 3%
dental benefits
None: 88%
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